Devils 3, Sabres 2 (SO): Patrik Elias scored with 66 seconds left to force overtime and David Clarkson netted the decisive goal in the shootout as host New Jersey halted a six-game winless streak.
Adam Henrique added a power-play goal and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves to snap a personal seven-game (0-6-1) skid.
Brian Flynn scored his first NHL goal while playing in his fourth contest and Thomas Vanek had a power-play tally for Buffalo, which squandered a two-goal lead in the final 6 1/2 minutes.
The Sabres went ahead 2-0 midway through the third, when Flynn scored on a turnaround shot from the right faceoff circle, but Henrique gave the Devils life by beating Jhonas Enroth at the 13:30 mark.
Elias buried a rebound with 1:06 remaining to tie it on a play during which Enroth was injured. Ryan Miller came in and stopped Ilya Kovalchuk in the shootout before Clarkson and Elias converted.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Enroth made 27 saves in his bid for his first victory since Nov. 26, 2011. ... The Devils have allowed the opposing team to score first in eight consecutive games. ... Buffalo's last six games all have been decided by one goal, including four shootouts.