Stafford scored 46 seconds into overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
The Sabres are 6-0-1 in their last seven road games, the first time they've earned points in seven straight road games since opening the 2006-07 season by winning an NHL-record 10 straight away from home.
"I was kind of at the end of a shift, so I didn't have too much left in me. I just tried going to the net and kind of pushed off of Burns," Stafford said. "I just kind of leaned into him and happened to get a lane to the net, went in and put it in."
Before this weekend, Stafford, who has a team-leading 26 goals in 47 games, was held without a goal in eight straight.
"No matter how focused you are or how are you're working, you're going to go through tough times. It's just a matter of how you respond," he said. "I felt as though I was sticking with it and getting chances and getting shots. They just weren't going in like before, but now, hopefully, I can pick it back up."
It was the fourth game of as seven-game trip for the Sabres, who have stops in Pittsburgh, Boston and Toronto before next Sunday's home game with Ottawa.
"From an effort standpoint, back-to-back and a tough turnover, I thought our third period, our battle and the amount of puck time we had in the offensive zone was real good," coach Lindy Ruff said.
Warren Peters and Marek Zidlicky scored for Minnesota, which has lost three of four. The Wild earned a point for advancing to overtime to move into a tie for ninth in the Western Conference with Anaheim and Nashville, a point behind eighth-place Los Angeles.
Minnesota coach Todd Richards said opportunities like that have to be converted.
"That's playoff hockey right now," Richards said. "The chances are really limited just because teams are putting a premium on defending."
Pominville scored 1:23 into the game on a perfectly executed a 3-on-1. He carried the puck into the Wild zone and passed across for Thomas Vanek, who left the puck for Steve Montador. The defenseman cut to his left and backhanded it across the crease to Pominville at the right post for an easy tap-in. It was his second goal in as many games.
Niedermayer slammed home a rebound of Andrej Sekera's shot at 2:04 of the second period for his first goal in 67 games.
Minnesota scored twice late in the period to tie it.
"I feel we left a point on the board," Brunette said. "I think we were sluggish in the first period, but I think we picked up the play after that and played better."
Theodore, who made 40 stops Thursday night at the Rangers and 46 saves Feb. 25 at Anaheim in his last two starts, made 30 saves for the Wild.
|Buffalo's Jason Pominville celebrates after he scores on Minnesota goalie Jose Theodore for a 1-0 lead. (AP)|
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|01:23||- Jason Pominville (17), Tip-In. Assist: Montador, Vanek|
|02:04||- Rob Niedermayer (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sekera, McCormick|
|14:13||- Warren Peters (1), Tip-In. Assist: Staubitz, Burns|
|17:33||Power Play - Marek Zidlicky (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Bouchard, Havlat|
|46.0||- Drew Stafford (26), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sekera|
|13:50||Zidlicky, 2 min, Hooking|
|19:17||Kobasew, 2 min, Tripping|
|08:05||Leopold, 2 min, Hooking|
|16:01||Myers, 2 min, Hooking|
|09:00||McCormick, 5 min, Fighting|
|09:00||Stoner, 5 min, Fighting|
|Shots On Goal|
|Attendance - 18091|
|Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Brad Watson|
|Linesmen - Steve Miller, Vaughan Rody|