'On our way': Berry

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

HAMILTON -- It was rather curious.

The day before Friday's game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry was lamenting the fact the Blue Bombers were not winning the close games this season.

He believes that's the biggest difference between this year's edition and the one that went to the Grey Cup last year.

Then the Bombers went out and almost blew their second game in their last three. They held on for an ugly 25-23 victory in which the last two points were scored off missed field goals due to bad snaps. The last one came when Hamilton botched a game-tying field goal.

'RELIEF'

"That's how sometimes you have to win," said Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn. "Sometimes, you get breaks."

Hamilton's Quinton Porter, who replaced Casey Printers at quarterback to start the second half, had the Bomber defence off-balance for the final 30 minutes. But the 'Cats fell short of tying the contest when they blew the last three-pointer.

"It was a relief, honestly," said Bomber linebacker Zeke Moreno. "We had so many opportunities to hold them and we just got ourselves in a hole. At the end of the game, we were on our heels."

The Bombers have won back-to-back games -- both on the road -- for the first time this season, improving to 4-8. They also won the season series with Hamilton.

"We're on our way," Berry said. "We're a team that can improve and that will be our goal, to keep on improving.

"We struggled significantly in the first third and I think we've made some decent progress in this middle third of the season.

"Hopefully, we can pick up and carry on from where we are right now to be able to give us the extra motivation that we're going to need to be very effective for the final six games heading into the post-season."

The Bombers will host the Edmonton Eskimos Friday in the first of back-to-back games against them.

"We're in control of our own destiny," said veteran slotback Milt Stegall, who caught four passes for 32 yards. "We don't need any help from anyone else. We'll keep on winning games."

NO REVENGE?: Moreno expressed no extra satisfaction in beating the team that just traded him.

"A win's a win, no matter who you're playing against and it's just a great feeling," said Moreno, who had three defensive tackles. "We started off strong and they showed a lot of heart. They're battling through a lot of adversity and they're pushing through it. They didn't let up and we didn't let up, and it was a great game."

HASHMARKS: With OL Matt Sheridan and Kyle Koch moved to the nine-game injury list, Bombers GM Brendan Taman has offered a practice-roster spot to free agent OL Bobby Singh, but doesn't know if that'll be enough to entice him to make a comeback ... S Jason Nugent suffered a hamstring injury but the severity was not known yesterday ... Bomber WR Derick Armstrong caught seven passes for 126 yards and one touchdown. SB Terrence Edwards had seven for 100 yards and a TD ... Free agent RB Kenton Keith is expected to accept a Hamilton offer and be at a Tiger-Cats practice as soon as Tuesday.


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