It took until the fifth try and the eighth day of the season, but the
Fueled by contributions from every corner of the lineup, from
"I think to get that first win this year, it kind of got the monkey off our back," said Erskine, who scored his first goal since May 4, 2011, in the second period. "I think guys will be a little bit at ease. It's not so much pressure now. And I think we got a good thing going here and we just got to keep rolling."
Truth is, Washington's first victory had its roots in the 3-2 overtime loss two days earlier in New Jersey. While they were defeated by the defending
"Hopefully the New Jersey game gave us confidence that when you do it right we look like a real team," said Oates, who earned his first win as an
To a man, every player agreed it was important to build off of that performance and that's exactly what the Capitals did against the Sabres.
"The main thing is that we carry on what we started in Jersey and just played the right way today, just by chipping pucks and outworking those guys,"
When Buffalo, which was without top scorer
With four minutes left in the first, a simple play by Ward to shuttle the puck back down low and keep the play alive in the offensive zone led to his tying goal.
At the start of the second it was Erskine, playing in just his second game of the season, who gave Washington a 2-1 lead, while Ovechkin scored on a power play in the third to make the lead 3-1. Marcus Foligno scored Buffalo's final goal with just under 10minutes left.