Patience paid off for the Buffalo Sabres.
Jason Pominville scored at 2:19 of overtime, and Ryan Miller finished with 22 saves to lift the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
With both teams waiting for the other to make a mistake, it was the Sabres who eventually broke through to find a way to get a rare win at home.
Pominville's 10th goal of the season enabled Buffalo to earn only its second win in the past eight games on home ice.
''It wasn't a pretty one, but we got it done against a team that was going really well,'' Pominville said. ''We talked about trying not to hand them opportunities by giving pucks away, and we were better with the puck. You want to generate more, but at the same time I thought we stuck with it.''
Pominville's winner originated with a nifty pass from winger Paul Szczechura, who sprung Pominville on a breakaway that started right at the Florida blue line along the right boards. Pominville skated into the slot before sending a...