The Buffalo Sabres finally have something positive to build on under interim coach Ron Rolston.
Coming off their first victory with Rolston behind the bench, the visiting Sabres try to avoid a third straight defeat to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
After being outscored 7-1 in the first two games following longtime coach Lindy Ruff's firing last Wednesday, Buffalo (7-12-1) tightened up defensively and received a timely goal from Tyler Myers early in the third period to win 2-1 at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
The victory snapped a four-game slide and offers something positive moving forward for a Sabres team that's fighting to get out of last place in the Eastern Conference.
"Just the battle level and the competitive nature we had (Tuesday) was outstanding," said Rolston, who was coaching Buffalo's AHL affiliate when he was tabbed to replace Ruff. "You could just feel it on the bench, the guys, how dialed in they were. I'm really happy for our team.
"We've seen a lot of really...