New Orleans won their second straight, 35-28 over the Panthers. In the process, the Saints saw defensive stalwart Jonathan Vilma see action for the first time in 2012.
Now, with two wins in the books, the team awaits the return of longtime coach Joe Vitt.
New Orleans fell behind 21-7 early in the second quarter, following a 17-yard touchdown catch from Vincent Jackson.
But the Bucs' saw Drew Brees throw three, second quarter touchdown passes, giving the Saints a 28-21 lead at the half.
New Orleans would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way, winning its second straight game of the 2012 season.