Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville didn't know how to react, because he wasn't initially sure whether his one-timer from the left circle 56 seconds into overtime actually went in.
''I didn't see it,'' Pominville said. ''I just blanked out.''
Don't look now, but here come the Sabres after Pominville secured a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
Regarded as one of the NHL's biggest flops a mere six weeks ago, the Sabres (31-28-8) are on a 12-4-3 roll that's allowed them to go from 14th place in the Eastern Conference standings into a tie with Washington for ninth - two points behind Winnipeg for the eighth and final playoff spot.
''It's huge. We're making steps,'' said Pominville, who added an assist. ''We're playing better hockey. We've dug ourselves in a big hole that isn't easy to get ourselves out of. But we believe.''