One game does not make a season, but it does make a point.
The Lions appeared to regain their elusive championship form Saturday with a dramatic come-from-behind 37-34 win on the road over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Geroy Simon capped the second-half resurgence with a 33-yard touchdown reception with 34 seconds left to seal the win.
"It's important for guys like Geroy to be what they are -- which is a great player that can contribute to a football team," said Lions coach Wally Buono upon returning home Sunday. "It builds his confidence and it makes other defences know they have to pay a lot of attention to him."
A dreary first-half performance was only salvaged by some brilliant special teams play, highlighted by a Barron Miles' blocked punt and an Ian Smart 88-yard kickoff return - both of which led to touchdowns.
"I think the players knew in the first half they didn't play well," said Buono, who admitted he was "bailed out" after his third-down gamble misfired early in the third quarter, leading to a Saskatchewan touchdown.
Jackson redeemed himself with a spirited second half to finish the game 17-for-36 for 256 yards. His favourite target was Simon, who racked up 151 second half receiving yards.
"[Saturday's win] gives more credence that these guys have a good spirit about them and you shouldn't count them out of any game," said Buono.
The win also gives the Lions a three-point cushion atop the Western Division. They play Saturday against the Calgary Stampeders, who will likely be without starting quarterback Henry Burris after he dislocated a shoulder in a 24-20 loss to Hamilton Friday.
Meanwhile, the Edmonton Eskimos completed their home-and-home sweep of the Alouettes in Montreal in a dull 16-10 win. Just one TD was scored, by Montreal's Kerry Watkins with 1:01 to play.
Despite getting three late TDs to make things interesting, the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers still lost 31-23 to the Toronto Argonauts.