For the second straight game the Buffalo Sabres weren't at their best, but still hung on to beat one of the better teams in the NHL.  The Sabres got a power play goal from Jeff Skinner early in the third period to tie the game, then won the game in a 7-round shootout with Conor Sheary scoring the winning goal for a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets were the better team for long stretches of the first and second period, but again Carter Hutton kept the Sabres in it until the third period when the Sabres were in control.  Hutton finished with 25 saves.

Skinner's goal was his fourth in four games and his 14th of the season.  Sheary's shoot out winner was the first time in his career he's ever participated in a shoot out.

The Sabres have now won four straight games, three of them either going to overtime or a shootout.

It's way too early in the season to start thinking playoffs, but what a difference a year makes.  Right now the Sabres stand fourth in the Eastern Conference and third in the Eastern Division.

The Sabres are right back at it again Saturday afternoon against the Minnesota Wild.