SAN JOSE — The 1993-94 Sharks’ record of shame is safe for now.

The Sharks (1-2) avoided becoming the franchise’s first team in 24 years to open a season with an 0-3 record Thursday, picking up their first win of the 2017-18 campaign by knocking off the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 at the SAP Center.

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The 1993-94 Sharks, who won over the hearts of Bay Area sports fans by upsetting the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, opened the season with a franchise-record eight-consecutive losses.

But the Sharks won’t be joining them in infamy because they received a Herculean effort from their revamped third line, which scored two goals and combined for a total of six points.

With Tomas Hertl skating alongside Logan Couture on the second line, Chris Tierney slid in between Timo Meier and Joonas Donskoi on the third line, a combination that controlled possession of the puck throughout the game.

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Meier recorded the game-winning goal at 14:30 of the second, breaking a 2-2 tie by slamming in the rebound of a Donskoi shot that squeaked through the Sabres defense.

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