Winnipeg shows coming from behind is no problem

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

The end results have been fine and dandy.

It's the starts that are putting the stress on Doug Berry's ticker.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are undefeated after their first two games (1-0-1), but they've had to come from behind both times.

"I don't particularly care, from my own personal heart, for coming from behind all the time," the head coach said.

Winnipeg trailed the Montreal Alouettes 13-0 on Thursday night but outscored them 22-0 in the second quarter and cruised to a 32-23 win.

The Bombers never led in their 39-39 tie against the Edmonton Eskimos in Week 1. They fought back to tie the game four times but could never get an edge.

"I don't want to have to try to (come back) all the time," Berry said. "But I think we're capable of it and have proved that we're capable of it.

"If we should fall behind again, it's not cause for major concern because we know that we've done it in the past and believe that we can do it again."

STANDING STRONG: The Winnipeg defence finally passed a test in Thursday's win over Montreal, holding the Alouettes to 10 second-half points even though the Bomber offence gave them excellent field position on a couple of occasions.

The Bomber defence allowed 505 yards of net offence against the Eskimos last month, but they trimmed that number in half -- and then some -- against the Alouettes, giving up 243.

Middle linebacker Barrin Simpson couldn't have been happier about his unit's performance against the Als.

"It was definitely a confidence booster," Simpson said. "We know we're a good defence; we just have to get our execution down.

"... You could tell our intensity level was way up and guys were flying around and making plays. That's the type of defence we are, but we've still got room to get better. Week to week we're going to get better."

LATE HITS: Milt Stegall was mad at Als cornerback Davis Sanchez for a low tackle on Thursday night, but the Bomber slotback said afterwards that it wasn't a dirty hit. "It's not illegal," Stegall said. "It's just the way he plays." ... Bombers wideout Derick Armstrong wasn't as forgiving. He wasn't happy about a hit that Als cornerback Mark Estelle laid on him. Armstrong has an injured knee, but it's not known if Estelle's hit caused the hurt ... The Bombers practise today at 11:30 a.m.


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