BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Jhonas Enroth stopped 32 shots in helping the Buffalo Sabres keep up their late-season playoff push with a 3-1 win over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.
"I think simplicity and also Jhonas is part of it," said Sabres forward Tyler Ennis. "He's a good goalie and he's making some big stops. We're trying to clear guys out of the way for him, so he can see the puck, but he's done a really great job."
Ennis, with his first goal in 12 games, Jochen Hecht and Kevin Porter scored for Buffalo (18-19-6), which took over sole possession of 10th place in the Eastern Conference - four points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers.
"It's been a tough season," said Porter. "We've had a lot of ups and downs; we need to start playing more consistent. There have been times when we have shown that we can play 40-50 minutes, but we need to play a complete 60, and I think we have done that the last two nights."
Benoit Pouliot score for the Lightning, who dropped to 1-4-1 in their past six. Tampa Bay has particularly struggled on the road, where it's winless in four straight (0-3-1) and 1-6-1 in the last eight.
Enroth stopped the first 16 shots he faced before allowing his first goal in two games with 6:30 left in the second period.
"We're on the outside looking in right now," said Ennis. "We have to give it everything we have to make a push. We're playing well and have some tough games coming up, but we are going to continue to focus on getting better. We have to give it all we got."