Blue quick healers

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

Kevin Glenn has said often this season that there is a different vibe surrounding the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a sense of confidence that hasn't been felt since he arrived in 2004.

The visitors' locker-room at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Friday night gave a good indication that the starting quarterback has a handle on his team's psyche.

The Bombers had just had it handed to them by the previously winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but the room did not have the atmosphere of a morgue like it has in seasons past after a defeat.

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Head coach Doug Berry basically smiled throughout his entire post-game media scrum, and slotback Milt Stegall, normally grouchier than Oscar after a setback, seemed fine.

Granted, the other half of the room, where the defensive players sit, was a little more sombre after surrendering nearly 500 total yards, but the talk wasn't all doom and gloom after falling to the Tiger-Cats.

"This is one loss. This isn't a season," safety Kyries Hebert said. "So we can't allow it to bring us down to the point where we're not able to recover. We lost to a good team.

"They were 0-5, and they've been making strides to get better every week. It was their night."

Basically, many players viewed the loss as a blip on the radar screen, nothing more than a day on which they should have just stayed in bed.

"We were going to lose another game," Stegall said. "It would've been hard to win the rest of them. That would've been nice, but we were going to lose at least one more.

"We just gotta put it behind us and move on."

The Bombers move on to a place that hasn't been kind to them over the years, B.C. Place in Vancouver, where they will meet the West Division-leading B.C. Lions (5-1) this Friday night.

Winnipeg has lost four straight in the West Coast dome and has beaten B.C. only three times in their last 12 meetings.

The Bombers have a bye week after that, along with the rest of the East Division, before returning to action at home against the Toronto Argonauts on Friday, Aug. 24.

A three-game winning streak would have made the flight to Vancouver seem a little shorter, but Glenn sees no reason why the momentum can't be gained right back.

"It's real sad (losing the momentum), but it's a long season so you gotta get over it," he said. "Hamilton won the game, but we got 'em a couple more times. We just gotta get ready for B.C. now.

"We can't dwell on this one. If we dwell on it, then it'll hurt us next week. We gotta let this one go, give Hamilton their credit, we know we made some mistakes, watch film, correct them and get ready for B.C."

The Bombers remain in first place in the East Division with a 3-2-1 record. They could have created some breathing room with a win in the Steel City, but they are only one point up on the Montreal Alouettes.

The Blue and Gold may look back on this loss at the end of the season and curse, but right now it's being viewed as not that big of a deal. The struggling -- and banged up -- defence is poised to get some healthy bodies back this week, so it's a little too early to panic on that front.

As long as the Bombers can maintain their perch on top of the East, Berry will be a happy camper.

"It's like trying to score one more than the defence gives up or give up one less than the offence scores," he said. "As long as we're doing enough to maintain first, that's what we gotta do.

"It's in our control. If you want to stay there, you gotta do something about it now."


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