It started out like most other Sabres and Devils games - boring, listless, neutral zone hockey - and had the First Niagara Center dozing off by the end of the first. And while it never quite turned into a barnburner, the Sabres managed to wake themselves up and take control of the last 30 minutes en route to a 2-1 win.

After a first period that had us all questioning our fandom, the Sabres leaders rallied their troops in the locker room. "Steve Ott's been a great leader for our group" said Ted Nolan. "Some other guys spoke up in the dressing room, especially after that first period." Whatever they said, it worked, as the Sabres took control of the game in the second period and never looked back.

Outshooting the Devils 12-7 (after just 4 shots in the first) Buffalo finally cashed in on the power play thanks to Matt Moulson, who has scored seven of his eight Sabres goals at home.

Things got a bit hairy in the third period when Tyler Myers, with the team already shorthanded, left his feet to nail Dainius Zubrus in the head, and the Devils would take advantage of the ensuing 5-on-3 tying the game.

Myers was only assessed a two-minute Illegal Check To The Head penalty, but there's a significant chance he'll hear from Brenden Shanahan sometime soon. Ted Nolan didn't see the hit, but he didn't agree with Myers' timing, saying that he wants the defenseman to be aggressive "But at the right time. Penalty killing, you don't usually see too many big hits."