Confidence running high

Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Scott Mennie watches as a woman hits the tackling dummy during the...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Scott Mennie watches as a woman hits the tackling dummy during the team's Women's Football Clinic at the Stadium yesterday. (Winnipeg Sun/John Woods)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

It is curious what one victory can do for the psyche of a previously-winless squad.

With Friday's 51-46 triumph over the Montreal Alouettes still fresh in their minds over the weekend, the Blue Bombers were suddenly ready to take on the world. Or at least the reigning Grey Cup champion Argonauts in Toronto this weekend.

"We've got some momentum now," Winnipeg tailback Charles Roberts said before taking a three-day break. "That's one win. We got Toronto next week, and I feel they're similar to Montreal -- very beatable."

But the true litmus test comes in the next few weeks when their opponents will start to treat the Bombers with more respect than the team that stumbled out of the starting gate.

"A true man is determined by what he does after he has a good game, so we'll see what happens," said slotback Milt Stegall. "When we come back to practice (today), we put (the victory over Montreal) behind us, because this means nothing when we go into Toronto."

That is the mantra that head coach Jim Daley repeats to his players each week.

"We're a long way from where we want to be but, we're taking steps to get there pretty aggressively," Daley said. "(Beating Montreal) was a big step, a big improvement and now, we need another one because Toronto's defence presents a whole different set of problems."

And a loss there could hinder the development.

"It's one of those things where we just can't go backwards," said quarterback Kevin Glenn. "We gotta learn from that and know that, shoot, we did that kind of thing against Montreal, and you get the confidence to be able to do it against anybody else.

"Hopefully we can go forward from here and this will be a turning point where we continue to build on that."

'WANT TO WIN'

Glenn completed 17 of 29 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns, with two picks.

"I did all right," he said.

"I wish I could have some throws back. I might have been able to score more points, but I'm happy that we got the win. You always say you can get better, and that's the truth. But, regardless of how you play, you still want the win. That's what basically gets you into playoffs and gets you to win Grey Cups."

But losing to the Als would have been devastating.

"Going into Toronto now, we've got momentum of a game that was so emotional and so much back and forth, and to come out on top it, you carry some momentum," said safety Wes Lysack.

"I don't even want to know what it would have been like if we'd lost, because after an emotional game like that, we would have been so heartbroken.

"On top of that, we'd have been 0-5 and going in to play a good team in Toronto would have been tough."

The Bombers will also have the advantage of playing a team on only three day's rest after the Argos play the Als in Montreal tomorrow.

"It really is challenging," Argo head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons told the Toronto Star. "It really does put you into an impossible situation."


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