Jhonas Enroth made 36 saves for the Sabres, but Alex Chiasson's third period power play goal proved to be the winner for the Stars. Lindy Ruff, standing behind the Dallas bench, earned his 600th career win against his former team.
Dallas controlled most of the play during the first period, enjoying three power play opportunities, but could not solve Enroth. The Sabres netminder turned aside all 16 shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes while Buffalo managed just five shots on Kari Lehtonen -- however one of them went in. Late in the first, Drew Stafford floated a saucer pass to Tyler Ennis during a 2-on-1 break and Ennis converted to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead.
The Stars evened the score 1-1 just 1:30 into the second on Jordie Benn's third of the season. With his brother, Jamie, screening Enroth, the older Benn ripped a blueline shot into the net. Dallas went up by a goal with 5.1 seconds remaining in the period when Alex Goligoski tapped in a pass from Shawn Horcoff. Goligoski freed himself from newly-acquired Chris Stewart and converted, giving the Stars a 2-1 lead heading into the third.
Ennis tied it by adding his second of the night at 3:23 of the final period, slamming home a Matt Moulson deflection that ricocheted off the glass. Chiasson broke the tie about seven minutes later, tipping a Jamie Benn power play shot past Enroth for the 3-2 lead.
The Sabres stay on the road for a Thursday night matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. Hear all the action on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.
17:17 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (15) (Drew Stafford, Matt Moulson)
2:39 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., tripping)
6:19 - BUF - Cody Hodgson (2 min., hooking)
15:01 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (2 min., tripping)
1:30 - DAL - Jordie Benn (3) (Ray Whitney, Tyler Seguin)
19:54 - DAL - Alex Goligoski (3) (Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Garbutt)
5:32 - BUF - Cody McCormick (2 min., slashing)
3:23 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (16) (Matt Moulson, Jamie McBain)
10:25 - DAL - Alex Chiasson (10) (PPG) (Jamie Benn, Ray Whitney)
3:57 - DAL - Antoine Roussel (2 min., hooking)
8:40 - BUF - Matt D'Agostini (2 min., hooking)
17:40 - BUF - Too many men on the ice (2 min., served by Matt D'Agostini)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (36 saves, 39 shots)
DAL - Kari Lehtonen (21 saves, 23 shots)
BUF - 0 of 1
DAL - 1 of 6
1.) BUF - Jhonas Enroth (36 saves)
2.) DAL - Alex Chiasson (1 G, 0 A)
3.) DAL - Ray Whitney (0 G, 2 A)