The Sabres avoided an eighth straight loss and breaking a franchise record with a 2-2 tie to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
Their seven-game losing skid tied for the longest in Buffalo’s history. The Sabres were outscored 26-11 in that span.
Despite losing a two-goal lead Tuesday, Buffalo persevered for its first point since a 3-2 win in Chicago on Dec. 3.
“We didn’t quit,” said Sabres forward J.P. Dumont, who scored his team-leading 11th goal. “We got a good effort from everyone. We’re going to win some games if we play like that. It was a big point for us.”
Rookie Derek Roy, playing just the fourth game of his career, scored his first NHL goal for Buffalo.
“We have to tighten our system and tighten up our game,” said the 5-foot-9 Roy. “But we worked hard and it’s encouraging.”
Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff also found the performance of the team promising.
“We had a real good effort out of a lot of different guys,” he said. “It’s tough to have a two-goal lead and not win, but from an effort standpoint, you can see that we won’t be out of it.”
The Sabres snapped a five-game losing streak at home, but still struggled with the man advantage. They went 0-for-4 on the power play and have gone 7-for-88 (8 percent) since Nov. 1.
Buffalo center Chris Drury missed a second straight game with a separated shoulder and is not expected to return for this contest.
Carolina had won back-to-back games for the first time in six weeks before losing 3-1 to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
“We just need to keep working on it,” said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette. “That’s all you can do. There are things I know we can do better on it. We haven’t had a whole lot of time to work on it. That’s no excuse either. Usually, when you look at hockey games, the team that wins specialty teams, wins the game.”