Erik Cole and Andrei Kostitsyn scored in the second period and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Carey Price made 33 saves for rested Montreal, which had a six-day layoff before evening its record at 5-5-2 in the wake of the franchise's worst start in 70 years.
Cole scored his third goal 13:55 into the second. Kostitsyn made it 2-0 with his fourth 3 minutes later.
The Canadiens' streak, which includes back-to-back wins over Stanley Cup champion Boston, began after assistant coach Perry Pearn was fired before a 5-1 win over Philadelphia on Oct. 26. Montreal's 1-5-2 start was its worst since 1941-42.
Zack Smith spoiled Price's shutout bid with a short-handed goal early in third, but the Senators dropped their second in a row. Ottawa's 5-3 road loss to the Bruins on Tuesday ended a six-game winning streak that followed a 1-5 start.
Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots.
Cole took a pass from Mich...