Back in good books

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

A press box wag called it "Doug Berry's worst nightmare."

Not that his special teams weren't already keeping the Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach up nights.

Berry has made no secret of the fact he had lost confidence in Troy Westwood as a field goal kicker and don't even mention the possibility of the veteran as a punter.

But after punter Rob Pikula suffered a concussion recovering a long snap from Chris Cvetkovic that had sailed over his head early in the second quarter, Westwood was pressed into double duty.

But for one major glitch, Westwood was launching punts, particularly with the wind.

CHEERS

His first flew 51 yards -- to cheers from the partisan crowd knowing Westwood has been under the gun.

But the big one came in the fourth quarter when he launched an 85-yarder which, for some reason, returner Jason Armstead ran out of the end zone to his own four.

One play later, Winnipeg cornerback Juran Bolden picked off the Richie Williams pass that turned the game around.

PUNT BLOCKED

The glitch? The Tiger-Cats, who had been coming close all night, broke through to block a Westwood punt.

Westwood also connected on a pair of field goals, including the game-winner from 14 yards out, and a 92-yard kickoff single.

"Sometimes you forget how much fun it is to do this for a living," said Westwood, whose other field goal was from 22 yards. "And I had an exceptional amount of fun today. I just felt like I was 15 years old playing on Weatherstone Place in Southdale with my uncles. It was just an immense amount of fun."

The game came on the heels of blowing two field goals in the loss to Toronto and Berry admitting he was seeking a new placekicker.

"It was just one of those nights where everything came together and it's about flipping time, to be quite frank with you," he said. "I feel like I work my ass off in practice on and off the field, especially off the field and there's no reason for me to struggle as I have to this point. I hope to continue to enjoy this success."

Westwood believes he has kept his job for at least one more week.

"I just felt comfortable out there," said the veteran. "Right now, the game's history and all that matters is we practise on Monday and I'll continue my quest to get better ... I'm hoping I'm on the roster next week."

Berry was actually pleased with Westwood's kicking.

"He did an excellent job punting as a backup punter and his kickoffs were outstanding," he said.

Westwood added that he felt more comfortable kicking field goals with Cvetkovic back from injury and snapping balls to holder Jamie Stoddard.

"Me and Cvetty and Stoddie have a good friendship and a tight relationship," Westwood said. "And when you've got your buddy back in there, there's a certain level of comfort in what's going on around ya. When Cvetty and Stods are out there, it's like having your girlfriend back in your arms, more or less. I love Cvetty and I love Stods, that's all there is to it."


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