BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Thursday's game had a little of everything: fights, momentum swings, a shootout - and most importantly for the Sabres, a Buffalo win.
Buffalo found some magic on the power play and held off Toronto to win 5-4 in a shootout.
John Scott set the tone early on, winning a fight against Frazer McLaren, while Colton Orr jumped the gun on a fight against Patrick Kaleta at the same time.
Toronto then took a 2-0 lead before Buffalo got on the board with a Tyler Ennis power play strike late in the first period.
After another Maple Leafs score in the second period, the Sabres scored twice in less than a minute, with both Marcus Foligno and Jason Pominville finding the net.
Buffalo briefly took the lead in the third period on Christian Ehrhoff's power play strike - the Sabres' fourth power play goal of the game. Nazem Kadri scored his second of the night just six minutes later to tie the game a 4-4 and eventually force overtime.
After a scoreless OT, the game went into the sixth round of a shootout. Steve Ott scored a quick backhand to give Buffalo the advantage, and Ryan Miller shut down Toronto's attempt to preserve the win.
With back-to-back victories, the Sabres now sit just four points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Buffalo visits Montreal for the second time this week Saturday night at 7pm.