BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Paul Martin scored with 2:04 remaining to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres Sunday afternoon at the First Niagara Center.
With plenty of traffic in front of the Sabres net, Martin's slap shot from the left point went past goalie Ryan Miller to cap a back-and-forth affair between the two teams.
Pascal Dupuis had two goals and Sidney Crosby also scored for the Penguins, who improved to 11-5. Marc-Andre Fleury had 30 saves. The Penguins have won eight of their last 10 games and are 8-2 on the road this season.
Steve Ott, Thomas Vanek, Cody Hodgson scored for the Sabres (6-9-1). Miller had 31 saves for Buffalo.
It took all of 87 seconds for the Penguins to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Dupuis tipped home Brooks Orpik's shot from the point 35 seconds into the game, and Crosby gave the Penguins a two-goal lead 52 seconds later on the power play. After Evgeni Malkin's shot bounced off the back boards, Crosby found an opening and put the puck in the net for his seventh of the season.
Hodgson got one back for the Sabres at the 6:32 mark. Hodgson, who lost the puck in the defensive zone prior to Pittsburgh's first goal, put a wrist shot past Fleury after collecting a rebound.
Vanek tied the game at 2-2 midway through the second period on his NHL-best 12th goal of the season. The Sabres took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play when Vanek redirected Christian Ehrhoff's pass through the slot 9:16 into the second.
Ott gave the Sabres their first lead of the game 5:17 into the third period. Ott scored after Nathan Gerbe's blocked shot deflected right to Ott in the left slot.
Dupuis answered just under 2 minutes later to tie the game at 3-3 with his second goal of the game.
Notes: Dustin Jeffrey, Zach Boychuk and Simon Despres were scratched by the Penguins. Mikhail Grigorenko, T.J. Brennan and Andrej Sekera were Buffalo's scratches. ... This was the first of three meetings between the two teams this season. ... It was the 171st game all-time between Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Heading into Sunday's game, Pittsburgh led the series with a 73-59-38 record.