Blue on the right track

Charles Roberts (left) and Derick Armstrong celebrate the Blue Bombers first touchdown against the...

Charles Roberts (left) and Derick Armstrong celebrate the Blue Bombers first touchdown against the Tiger-Cats on Thursday. (Sun Media/Della Rollins)

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

They're still a sorry 2-6, but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers can go into their 17-day break between games feeling just fine.

More importantly, the talk about people losing their jobs will cease as well.

Defensive end Tom Canada's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:32 left in the fourth quarter lifted the Bombers to a 37-24 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last night at Canad Inns Stadium.

The sun will feel warmer, the drinks will go down smoother and life will simply be better for the Blue and Gold during their bye week thanks to the win.

"It's a huge, huge relief, just to be able to go out on a high and feel good while you're kicking your feet up," Canada said.

The Bombers snapped a two-game losing streak in front of 25,484 spectators and head into the East Division's bye week with the same record as the Ticats.

The second-place Toronto Argonauts are two points up, at 3-4, going into their game tonight against the Montreal Alouettes (4-3).

The players meet today and will scatter for their annual mid-season break. They don't have to be back in Winnipeg until Aug. 24 to prepare for their annual Labour Day Classic battle with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Bombers took a 29-24 lead when Alexis Serna missed his second field-goal attempt of the night with 5:40 to go, from 35 yards out, and the Tiger-Cats began their march north.

Two plays later, however, Winnipeg's other defensive end, Gavin Walls, threw his hands up when Hamilton quarterback Richie Williams dropped back to pass, and the ball landed right in Canada's mitts.

Canada rumbled 45 yards for the first touchdown of his five-year career and made most Bomber fans forget about last week's 39-11 drubbing by the Alouettes, if not all six losses so far.

"I owe it all to Gavin Walls," Canada said. "Gavin Walls tipped that ball. I just happened to be there and luckily made it into the end zone even though my breakaway speed isn't what it used to be. But hey, I got there."

Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn wasn't exactly the second coming of Doug Flutie, but he still got the victory while calling his own plays for the first time in his career.

Glenn returned from a three-game benching to complete 24 of 37 passes for 285 yards and one touchdown but served up a pair of interceptions. He would have had two more touchdown throws had both Romby Bryant and Milt Stegall not dropped passes in the end zone.

"It was one of those things where it feels good after a win," Glenn said of calling his own plays. "But at the same time I'm not going to say it was all great and dandy."

Last night's game was a return to glory of sorts for not only Glenn, but for running back Charles Roberts as well. Blink rushed 23 times for 145 yards and a pair of one-yard scores, marking the first time he's hit the century mark this season.

Winnipeg improved to 33-8 when Roberts rushes for at least 100 yards, and it is now 23-6 when he gets 20 or more carries.

"We won the battle on first down, running the ball with Charlie and our little quick passing game," Glenn said. "When you can do that kind of stuff, you can win games."

Derick Armstrong had a five-yard touchdown catch for the Bombers, who led 18-14 at half-time. Serna booted 24- and 11-yard field goals but also missed from 32 and had a punt single late.

Zeke Moreno had a 19-yard interception return touchdown for the Ticats, who committed five turnovers. Terry Caulley had five- and four-yard dashes for majors, with Nick Setta adding a 44-yard field goal.

Bombers head coach Doug Berry, who has been feeling some serious heat lately, got a big hug from president and CEO Lyle Bauer on his way to the locker-room after the game.

You could almost see the tension lift off both men's shoulders.

"He just said congratulations," Berry said. "Really, that's all he said."


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