No piling on their own praise

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

Henry Burris stood at the lockers of Jeremaine Copeland and Ken-Yon Rambo yesterday, but their body language told a story different from the huge win the previous night.

Instead of dissecting Copeland's 84-yard touchdown strike, or Rambo's beautiful 21-yarder, the Calgary Stampeders quarterback was trying to figure out what went wrong on a different play.

There was an intended pass for Rambo that was picked by T.J. Stancil, so Burris was trying to figure out how it happened.

The entire evening Saturday was spent celebrating a huge 44-22 victory over the Roughriders, but yesterday meant the Stamps were moving on to Friday's matchup in Hamilton.

"The win felt good, but we're going over some things we want to get better at," said Burris, who threw the pass short as Rambo ran the route long.

"We have to get on the same page in certain situations. We want to make sure whatever happens, we're in the right place. There's little things like ball location and being in the spots where we know that's the right spot."

The win improved the Stamps to 6-4-1 on the season, just one point back of the 7-4 Saskatchewan Roughriders and two back of the 7-3-1 B.C. Lions for first place in the West Division.

The Stamps have now won three in a row and are unbeaten in four, forcing head coach Tom Higgins to answer the question as to whether his club is the best in the CFL, right now.

He said no, adding he hoped his team would say the same thing, which is the case with his veterans.

"Where we are is a team that is playing well and a team to be reckoned with," Higgins said. "The bottom line is we're graded just on the 'W.'

"It just matters on whether you win or lose. We're finding ways to win now.

"I don't want them to think they're the best. They need to earn it. The way you do that is continue to get 'W's, get into the playoffs, then win some games there."

A month ago, it seemed a longshot the Stamps would be able to host a playoff game, considering how far behind the Lions and the Roughriders they were in the standings.

At the time, both the Lions and Roughriders were hot, but the 'Riders have lost two straight and face the Lions in Regina next week, meaning the Stamps will have a chance to gain ground on one team.

The Stamps get the struggling Hamilton Tiger-Cats before facing the Lions in Vancouver and the Roughriders again at home, so the schedule is finally in their favour.

However, Higgins doesn't want his club looking past the Tiger-Cats, despite their 1-10 record. Jesse Lumsden has sat out the past four games, plus new QB Casey Printers just made his first start Saturday, so they should improve.

"At any point, they could get their running back back or their quarterback who has potential of lighting the scoreboard up, so we need to take care of business," Higgins said. "If we take care of this game, we'll be smiling and saying we have to take care of the next game and how important it is.

"We're in a great position to make sure this is a logjam all the way down to the final days of the regular season. We still want to finish first in the division and give ourselves a home playoff date."

EXTRA POINTS

The bee sting Markus Howell suffered on his face last week seems like an minor ailment now. The Stamps receiver-returner took a hard shot to his right hand in Saturday's win and went for X-rays yesterday to determine if it is broken ... Stamps LB Scott Coe also had his broken left hand X-rayed yesterday to see if his cast can come off.


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