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Blue Bombers starting quarterback Tee Martin throws the ball away as he's tackled by Calgary...

Blue Bombers starting quarterback Tee Martin throws the ball away as he's tackled by Calgary Stampeders linebacker John Grace Thursday night. (Winnipeg Sun/Brian Donogh)

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers found themselves in unfamiliar territory last night.

They were actually in position to win a CFL game in the fourth quarter.

STAMPEDERS 21 BOMBERS 15

Unfortunately for the Blue and Gold, however, the Calgary Stampeders did just enough to stay ahead in the shoddy CFL contest and held on for a 21-15 victory in front of 23,236 fans at Canad Inns Stadium.

Winnipeg fell further into the West Division basement at 0-3, while Calgary improved to 1-1.

Winnipeg travels to Edmonton next Friday to face the Eskimos.

"It's an outstanding effort for 60 minutes by our football team, so it was very disappointing," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said. "As I told the guys after the game, they better be absolutely heads held high."

The new-look Bomber offence, featuring John Feugill and Dan Goodspeed at right and left tackle and Dave Mudge at left guard, had its best outing of the season -- Charles Roberts had 108 yards on 21 carries, after all -- but it still had too many two-and-outs, which forced the defence to spend too much time on the field on a hot and muggy night.

Winnipeg managed just 176 yards of total offence.

"We still gave ourselves a chance at the end of the game to win it, and that's encouraging," said Winnipeg quarterback Tee Martin, who completed 12 of 23 passes for 130 yards. "I have no bad things to say about this game, other than we just have to get out to a faster start.

"Once we get that down, we'll be a lot better team."

Winnipeg, trailing 21-15 late in the game, had a glorious chance to extend a drive from its own 12-yard line, but wideout Kamau Peterson dropped a long pass from quarterback Martin at midfield.

The crowd booed.

The Bombers went on to lose.

"He's one of the reasons why we were still in the game at the end," Martin said in defence of Peterson. "So I just can't say if he had caught the ball we would have won. We had plays earlier in the game that weren't made, so you can't blame it on him.

"He's going to catch more than he's going to drop. As soon as I got to the sideline, I went to him and encouraged him to forget about it. I'm not going to lose my trust and confidence in him with one pass."

Martin paused, then smiled.

"But he got open," he said. "That was encouraging."

Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris was good on 17 of 34 attempts for 209 yards and one pick. It was his first win since rejecting the Saskatchewan Roughriders and signing with the Stamps in the off-season.

He wasn't overly impressed with his team's performance, however.

"It's stuff that we're working through," Burris said. "We just shot ourselves in the foot in too many situations tonight."

The game's only touchdown came just 2:16 into the first quarter, when Calgary's Nik Lewis blocked a Jon Ryan punt, scooped up the loose ball and danced 10 yards for the score.

After that, it was nothing but a kicking competition. Calgary rookie Sandro DeAngelis was 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts (from 21, 39, 41 and 27 yards), while Winnipeg's Troy Westwood was 3-for-4 (from 47, 44 and 37).

He missed a 37-yarder in the first half that resulted in a single.

Ryan gave up a safety and booted a pair of mammoth singles that travelled 80 and 78 yards.

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