BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Dallas Stars gave coach Lindy Ruff the best homecoming present possible: a win over his former team.
With four different goal-scorers, the Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 at the First Niagara Center on Monday night.
Vernon Fiddler, Alex Goligoski, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn scored for Dallas (5-5-1). Kari Lehtonen had 22 saves.
It was Ruff's first game in Buffalo since being fired as the Sabres' coach in February. Ruff, who played 10 years in Buffalo, spent 16 years as behind the Sabres' bench and is the winningest coach in franchise history with a 571-432-162 record.
The Sabres had a video tribute to Ruff during a break in play in the first period, and the coach received a lengthy standing ovation from the Buffalo crowd.
Matt Moulson, playing in his first game with the Sabres after being acquired from the New York Islanders in a trade late Sunday night, scored twice. Steve Ott also scored for Buffalo (2-11-1). Ryan Miller made 25 saves.
The Stars jumped out to a 3-1 lead through 20 minutes and increased the margin to 4-1 halfway through the second period. Buffalo responded with two unanswered goals and a late flurry in the game's final minute but was unable to tie the game.
Fiddler opened up the scoring with a wide-open opportunity in front of the Buffalo net. Fiddler deked to his forehand and tucked a shot in the far corner of the net 2:59 into the game.
Moulson quickly answered for Buffalo on his second shift as a Sabre. The left winger ripped a shot past Lehtonen 27 seconds after Fiddler's goal.
The Sabres sent Thomas Vanek to the Islanders in exchange for Moulson and first- and second-round picks.
Dallas took control later in the opening period. With Ott in the penalty box serving a double minor for slashing and unsportsmanlike conduct, Goligoski put a wrist shot past Miller from inside the right circle at 16:40. Just over one minute later, the Stars took advantage of a Tyler Myers giveaway when Seguin put the puck through Miller's legs to increase the lead to 3-1.
Benn, Dallas' captain, made it 4-1 at 10:55 of the second period. Benn finished a cross-ice passing play with a backhand to the top of the net.
Ott scored a rare power play-goal for the Sabres two minutes later to cut Dallas' lead to 4-2. Ott took advantage of a fine pass from youngster Mikhail Grigorenko on the play, which was Grigorenko's first point since March 3.
Moulson cut Dallas' lead to one with 2:43 left in the second on his second goal of the game and eighth of the season.
NOTES: The last time Ruff was behind the opposing team's bench for a game against the Sabres was March 22, 1997, when he was an assistant coach for the Florida Panthers. ... Buffalo's scratches were D Jamie McBain, LW John Scott (suspension) and RW Patrick Kaleta (suspension). ... Dallas' scratches were C Ryan Garbutt, D Kevin Connauton and C Travis Morin. ... Ott faced his old team for the first time since joining the Sabres in a trade in July 2012. ... This was the 113th game all-time between Buffalo and Dallas/Minnesota. ... Moulson wore No. 26 -- the same number as the man he replaced on the roster, Vanek.