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Gionta notched an assist and then a goal in a 20-second span during the first period of Tuesday's 3-2 win over Minnesota.
Gionta assisted on Evander Kane's game-tying power-play goal Tuesday to give him two points in his past three games.
Gionta hasn't found the back of the net, but has dished out four assists in 11 games this season.
Gionta was practicing on his usual line at Thursday's practice and will play against the Panthers, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
Gionta (lower body) will not play in Saturday's game against the Lightning, Paul Hamilton of WGR 550 Buffalo reports.
Gionta is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, but Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said the winger will be out for Thursday's game against the Senators, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.