Light at end of Eskimos dark tunnel

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly gets the ball off while getting pressured by Saskatchewan...

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly gets the ball off while getting pressured by Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end Alex Hall November 2, 2013. (REUTERS/David Stobbe)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:27 PM ET

REGINA - There was light at the end of the tunnel, and it turned out to be a ray of rare victory for the Edmonton Eskimos.

Improving to 4-14 with a 30-26 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday, the Eskimos avoided having their worst season in franchise history.

While they tied the number of losses the club suffered on the way to a 2-14 finish in 1963, the 2013 edition at least avoided sole ownership of that ominous title with a 15th loss.

It was a fitting end to a fit-to-be-tied season that was a disappointing step backward from last year's 7-11 record, where Edmonton needed help to earn a crossover playoff berth.

But this year, the post-season has been off their radar for the past three weeks already, giving the dead-man-walking team plenty of distance to cover as they missed out on the post-season for the fourth time in the past eight years since their last Grey Cup.


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