BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Moulson is sensing something different around the Buffalo Sabres after their first third-period comeback win of the season.
"We had a great first period, an awful second period," Moulson said.
"Maybe before we would've folded it in then but (interim coach Ted Nolan) had some good words in between periods for us and that helped jump start us a bit."
Buffalo is 1-21 when trailing at the start of the third period after Moulson, Marcus Foligno and Matt Ellis scored to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
It was Buffalo's first regulation win since Nov. 15 against Toronto, when Nolan took over for the fired Ron Rolston.
"I love playing for him and a lot of guys go through the wall for him," Moulson said of Nolan. "That's what you want from your coach, a leader like that. He's probably one of the best in that position."
Mark Scheifele scored two goals in 36 seconds to build a 2-0 second-period lead for the Jets, who have lost four of their past five games.
"Let's be honest, our second period was horrendous," said Sabres captain Steve Ott, who also scored. "We had turnovers after turnovers and they capitalized twice on it. It simply wasn't good enough."
What Nolan say after two periods that made such an impression on Moulson and the Sabres?
"I just raised my voice a little bit longer than I usually do," Nolan said, "But I just said we gotta compete. If we compete, we're good and we can't compete for 55 minutes, we have to compete for 60 minutes."
The Jets were playing their third game in four nights and got through a scoreless first period that saw Buffalo outshoot them 19-7.
"I never really liked the game even from the onset," Jets coach Claude Noel said.
At the 1:02 mark of the second period, Scheifele moved between two stick-checking Sabres into the slot, scoring on a point-blank wrist shot over Ryan Miller's right shoulder.
Thirty-six seconds later, he carried the puck down the right side of the Sabres zone before taking a step toward the net and beating Miller over the same shoulder to give the Jets a two-goal lead.
Scheifele has five goals and five assists in his past 12 games after getting just five points in his first 24 games.