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Sabres Prep for Penguins

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Fresh off a come from behind win over the Bruins, the Sabres were back on the ice Saturday morning gearing up for a matinee matchup with the Penguins on Sunday.

The Sabres need more of what they had in the third period in Friday night's victory. Three unanswered goals to overcome a 2-1 deficit, including Tyler Myers' first tally since their season opener.

For a team in need of a shot in the arm, back-to-back wins against two of the league's top teams could be just what the doctor ordered as the Penguins come to town.

"It was a huge statement win for us coming back against a team like Boston," winger Drew Stafford said. "It always feels good beating those guys. We have another one coming up with Pittsburgh. Another hard working team with a lot of skill, just trying to carry over what we can from the Boston win."

"Boston is one of the best teams in the East or in the whole league, so obviously it was a big two points for us that we have to build off," winger Thomas Vanek said. "Now coming in is Pittsburgh that is another one of the better teams in the league. We have to play good defensively and when we have our chances score on them."

Stafford finally tallied his first goal of the season Friday after failing to find the net in the team's first 14 games.

Through it all, Stafford says he stayed positive because he's been through scoring slumps before. And the Sabres could certainly use all the offense they can get from their assistant captain.

"It's unfortunate that's the way it works around, but at the same time, you have to make sure you're always working, always getting into those areas and you will get rewarded," Stafford said. "Obviously it worked out last night, but it's just a start hopefully."

"I think any player, talk to any player that gets off to a start, as soon as they get on the board it's a huge relief," said head coach Lindy Ruff. "The pressure mounts and you start to beat yourself up for the opportunities you miss. I think in his case, getting it, you could see the relief on his face after he scored."

Injury update from Friday's game, defenseman Andrej Sekera left the ice in the third period after taking a hit against the boards. Lindy Ruff said Sekera's doing ok, but he's doubtful for Sunday's matchup against the Penguins. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP