The Sabres' former No. 1 defenseman returned to the lineup Wednesday after being a healthy scratch for two straight games. He earned his ticket to the pine when he made a ghastly giveaway in his own zone that led to a goal.
Tallinder, in his sixth season with the Sabres, had a long talk with coach Lindy Ruff and said he knows another mistake won't necessarily mean a one-way ticket to the bench.
"I talked to him about everything," Tallinder said. "You can't be too worried too much about it. I've just got to play my game. That's what brought me here and made me successful. It's too much to worry about mistakes."
Tallinder showed no fear early in the 3-2 win over Boston, carrying the puck deep into the Bruins zone on a rush that led to Derek Roy's goal.
"I'm back in the lineup," Tallinder said. "I just have to prove that I belong there."
SABRES 3, BRUINS 2: The Sabres used two goals from Derek Roy to snap a five-game losing streak. Jochen Hecht also scored short-handed, as Ryan Miller made 27 saves. The Sabres, just 2-6-1 in their past nine games, couldn't win the easy way, as Phil Kessel pulled Boston within one with 10:35 to go.