There was a 16-minute delay to start the second period Monday night as arena workers at First Niagara Center scurried about trying to figure out a way to turn the lights on again.

It was perfect symbolism for the Buffalo Sabres’ power outage to start this season.

The Sabres were winless had scored six goals … and it scared the heck out of Mike Yeo. It’s why the Wild coach did everything he could Monday to guard against his team walking into a trap.

Well former Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville made sure that didn’t happen. In his first game back in the barn in which he played for eight seasons Pominville fittingly scored a gorgeous winning goal to lead the Wild to a 2-1 victory in the first of four consecutive away from St. Paul.

“It tops off a pretty emotional day in a good way” Pominville said. “It was a special day a day I’ll remember for a while.”

Pominville’s power-play goal with 9.7 seconds left in the second period helped the Wild to its third consecutive victory and dropped the Sabres to 0-6-1. Kyle Brodziak also scored for the Wild and Josh Harding who has given up four goals in four games in relief of the injured Niklas Backstrom won for the third consecutive game with 22 saves.

But the day belonged to Pominville who felt weird walking into such a familiar arena as a visitor. He held a classy news conference Monday morning talked about his excitement about signing long-term with a franchise in win-now mode and received several warm ovations during the game especially when he was announced as a start and after being named first star.

“He’s a guy that brings so much to our team so much to the locker room” Yeo said. “He’s a guy you just want to go out and help him.”

It was an aggravating game at times for the Wild. The Sabres because of their offensive deficiencies sat back much of the game and made the neutral zone tough to penetrate.

But after Brian Flynn tied the score in the second period the Wild earned its first power play of the game.

Pominville scored with a second left in the advantage and waning seconds of the middle frame.