Ryan Miller and the rest of the Buffalo Sabres were still working hard even when it appeared their season-opening losing streak was about to reach a club-record eight games.
Often beaten -- but not beaten down -- the Sabres mustered a late comeback to get to overtime and then topped the New York Islanders in a shootout to win 4-3 on Tuesday night.
''It's good to finally get a win,'' a relieved Miller said. ''Gives us a chance to feel good for a while, and hopefully we can build.''
Marcus Foligno scored the tying goal with 2:01 left in regulation, and Miller stopped John Tavares in the final round in the shootout to give the Sabres the long-anticipated victory.
''You build and keep working hard. Tonight it paid off,'' Foligno said. ''Hopefully this can change our confidence.''
The Sabres (1-6-1), beaten 2-1 by Minnesota at home Monday, had never lost more than their first seven games. Buffalo started 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990.
''I thought we outplayed them late in the gam...