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The Sabres ‘feel good about themselves’

Toronto Maple Leafs v Buffalo Sabres

at First Niagara Center on November 15, 2013 in Buffalo, New York.

Rick Stewart

The NHL’s last-place team is starting to have fun again.

“Even with the position we’re in right now, it seems to be quite a positive room,” Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers said, per the Buffalo News. “The direction we’re headed is one I think everyone is excited about.

“It’s a completely different feel in the room. I don’t think we’ve had this feeling in the room for quite some time now, not even just looking at this year but last year was a tough year as well. The atmosphere right now within the group, all the guys are pretty happy about it.”

The Sabres are 5-2-2 since starting the season 6-22-2 -- a start that cost general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston their jobs and led to the trade of veteran forward Thomas Vanek. And while they’re still relying too much on goalie Ryan Miller to keep them in games, at least they’re getting some shots on the guy in the other net now. In fact, they’ve registered at least 30 shots in six of their last nine games.

“I think they feel good about themselves,” said coach Ted Nolan.

“We’ve got a long ways to go.”