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Talk of a playoff spot would've seemed ridiculous coming from the Buffalo Sabres less than a month ago. Not so much anymore. The surging Sabres seek a fifth consecutive home victory Saturday night when they face a Florida Panthers team that has had their number of late. Buffalo (11-16-2) has spent most of this season at the bottom of the NHL standings, a spot it occupied as recently as Nov. 22. However, since losing five straight and eight of nine, the Sabres have headed in the opposite direction with a surprising 8-3-0 run. That surge has left them only seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. "We're kind of making our way up there. We're kind of getting to the middle of the pack, hopefully soon. A playoff spot is close," forward Marcus Foligno told the team's official website. "It's something you're always checking. We want to get back in a playoff spot and that eighth spot is pretty close." An outstanding performance from Jhonas Enroth gave the Sabres their second win in as many tries on a five-game homestand Thursday. Enroth made 42 saves and Matt Moulson scored twice in Buffalo's fourth straight home win, 4-3 over Calgary. "It wasn't one of our better games," coach Ted Nolan said. "It's pretty special because we weren't in the game but we still believed that we could come back." Zemgus Girgensons and Foligno also scored and Tyler Ennis had three assists for Buffalo, which reached four non-shootout goals for the first time in nine games. "Our team confidence is in a good place," defenseman Tyler Myers said. "I think we're doing the right things, we're trying to do the right things ... I think that confidence will grow even more." Just about every aspect of Buffalo's game has improved and Enroth is no exception. He's 7-2-0 with a 1.93 goals-against average in his last nine appearances after going 1-8-1 with a 3.77 mark in his first 10. One of the Sabres' few recent losses came at Florida last Saturday. Roberto Luongo continued his dominance of Buffalo with 26 saves in a 3-2 victory, Florida's fifth straight in the series. Luongo, who had recorded shutouts in his three previous meetings, is 8-1-0 with a 1.77 GAA in his last 10 against the Sabres. Luongo, though, could be rested in the second half of this back-to-back after making 29 saves in a 3-2 shootout win at Detroit on Friday. Tomas Fleischmann and Jonathan Huberdeau scored first-period goals to help the Panthers (12-8-7) improve to 5-2-1 in their last eight games. "We played the game we wanted to play and we took it to the shootout," Luongo said. "And in the shootout anything can happen." Rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad was held without a point for the first time in six games. He had a career-best three assists in last week's win over the Sabres. Leading scorer Nick Bjugstad had an assist, giving him four goals and seven points during a four-game run. This contests features two of the league's worst power plays. Florida ranks 25th and is 2 for 26 over its last 10 games, while Buffalo ranks last and is 2 for 25 during that same span.