In the seventh game of the season, the Flyers finally won.

Philadelphia overcame a second-period defensive lapse when it allowed two goals in a span of 1 minute 17 seconds, by scoring three goals in the third period to defeat the winless Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, last night in Philadelphia.

Eric Lindros and Valeri Zelepukin scored 21 seconds apart in the third period before Eric Desjardins netted his first goal of the year to end Philadelphia's franchise-worst 0-5-1 start.

Lindros was stoic but relieved afterward.

"We were playing some good hockey and not getting wins, for one reason or another it was not happening," said the Flyers' captain, who before the season said this season was crucial for himself and the team. "Everything gets magnified because it is the start of the season.

"It is nice to get this win and move on," he said.

RANGERS 4, THRASHERS 1: Mike Richter made 30 saves in his return from a back injury and Theo Fleury scored two goals to give New York the win at Madison Square Garden.

Richter, who missed five games with a disc problem, was at his busiest in the second period when he stopped all 15 Atlanta shots.