Buffalo Sabres left winger Matt Moulson (26) deflects the puck past Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31), of Czech Republic, for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Buffalo won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Sabres Rally To Down Jets, 4-2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Marcus Foligno, Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis scored in the third period to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
It was Buffalo's first regulation win since Nov. 15 against Toronto, when interim head coach Ted Nolan took over for the fired Ron Rolston.
Buffalo's Steve Ott also scored.
Mark Scheifele scored two goals in 36 seconds to build a 2-0 second-period lead for the Jets, who have lost four of their past five games.
Buffalo outshot Winnipeg 31-27 as 12 different Sabres recorded points.
The Jets were playing their third game in four nights and got through a scoreless first period that saw Buffalo outshoot them 19-7.
At the 1:02 mark of the second period, Scheifele moved between two stick-checking Sabres into the slot, scoring on a point-blank wrist shot over Ryan Miller's right shoulder.
Thirty-six seconds later, he carried the puck down the right side of the Sabres zone before taking a step toward the net and beating Miller over the same shoulder to give the Jets a two-goal lead.
Scheifele has five goals and five assists in his past 12 games after getting just five points in his first 24 games.
Ott put the Sabres on the scoreboard at the 10:16 of the second. Drew Stafford took a shot that Ondrej Pavelec redirected to Ott. The Sabres captain scored his fourth goal of the season and his first since Nov. 15.
Stafford and Ott paired up on their next shift, but Pavelec was able to cover up Ott's one-timer.
The Sabres broke through 50 seconds into the third period when Foligno went to the net and tapped in a pass from Cody Hodgson to tie the score at 2.
Less than two minutes later, with Eric O'Dell in the penalty box for hooking, Moulson deflected Christian Ehrhoff's shot past Pavelec to give the Sabres their first lead of the night.
The power-play goal relieved a unit that had scored on just two of its previous 30 opportunities.
Kevin Porter, recalled earlier in the day from Rochester of the American Hockey League, stole the puck from Eric Tangradi in the slot. His high backhand shot was batted out of the air by Ellis and past Pavelec to give Buffalo a 4-2 advantage.
Buffalo hadn't scored more than three goals in its previous 16 games.
The Sabres had a 3-on-1 break during a first-period power play, but Pavelec pushed Hodgson's shot wide of the net.
A delay of game penalty on Tobias Enstrom gave the Sabres a 5-on-3 power play for 29 seconds. The Sabres didn't score, and Miller was forced to stop Chris Thorburn on a breakaway upon the expiration of the first penalty.
NOTES: The Sabres recalled Porter and D Chad Ruhwedel from Rochester before the game, sending D Mark Pysyk, D Brayden McNabb and LW Luke Adam down to the Americans. ... C James Wright was scratched for Winnipeg, making way for C Eric O'Dell. ... The Sabres next play Thursday at home against Boston.