Perfect it wasn't. The Buffalo Sabres still made it to 10.
After squandering a 2-0 lead in the final 8½ minutes of the third period, Jeff Skinner scored 1:41 into overtime to seal a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
"Well, you can count the gray hairs on the back of my head," coach Phil Housley said with a chuckle. "But the guys dug in."
Buffalo matched its longest winning streak in franchise history, and is enjoying the NHL's best run since the Columbus Blue Jackets won 16 in a row from Nov. 29, 2016, to Jan. 3, 2017.
Very few of the Sabres' wins have come easily since their last loss on Nov. 4.