It took the team three tries, but the Buffalo Sabres have provided interim head coach Ron Rolston with his first win on Tuesday by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.
The win wasn't pretty, and at times the Sabres seemed lost in their own zone, but Ryan Miller was able to keep the puck out of the net for the remainder of the game and pull out the win.
"It was great, especially the way it was done," Rolston said. "Our guys tonight — just the battle level and the competative nature we had tonight was outstanding."
When commenting on where he feels the team stands as a whole, Rolston seemed optimistic. He hopes that he will be celebrating more wins in the future.
"We've seen a lot of really good signs and we just needed something to keep us moving in the right direction," Rolston stated. "We're getting there. I think we're getting some better support.
espite the amount of penalties that the Sabres took, the hustle in the game is what brought the team the win, skating hard throughout the third and creating opportunities.
"It was a gritty win. I like the way that we got down early and our guys came right back and got a goal," Rolston said. "That's a great sign for a hockey team. "
The Sabres look to build on their vistory Thursday against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.
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