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Lander's 1st goal of the season sends Edmonton to 3-2 win over last-place Buffalo

  • Buffalo Sabres' Nicolas Deslauriers (44) and Edmonton Oilers' Luke Gazdic (20) fight during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

    Buffalo Sabres' Nicolas Deslauriers (44) and Edmonton Oilers' Luke Gazdic (20) fight during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Edmonton Oilers' Nikita Nikitin leaves the ice after an injury during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

    Edmonton Oilers' Nikita Nikitin leaves the ice after an injury during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) is crashed into by Edmonton Oilers' Derek Roy (8) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

    Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) is crashed into by Edmonton Oilers' Derek Roy (8) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)  (The Associated Press)

Anton Lander's first goal of the season was the game winner and he added two assists as the Edmonton Oilers won the battle of bottom-dwelling teams, 3-2 over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Matt Fraser and Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton (13-27-9), which has won three of the last four and now sits four points ahead of last-place Buffalo (14-31-3). The Oilers are 6-5-2 since interim head coach Todd Nelson took over as full-time head coach.

Defensemen Tyler Myers and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for the Sabres (14-31-3), who have lost a franchise-worst 13 games in a row and only have one win in their last 18.

Edmonton took a 3-1 lead eight minutes into the third as a turnover allowed a two-man breakaway with Teddy Purcell feeding Lander.