For a while, it looked like yet another chapter in the Toronto Argonauts' often comical story of failure this season.

After stunning a sellout crowd of 29, 751 at Canad Inns Stadium by taking 24-6 first-half lead over the first-place Winnipeg Blue Bombers Friday night, the Argos appeared to be on the verge of a classic collapse.

Then came a vicious hit on quarterback Steven Jyles that seemed to snap the Argos back to life. The result was a 27-22 victory that denied the Bombers the opportunity to clinch first place in the Canadian Football League's East Division and gave the Argos hope for next year.

"We had to pull it out for our leader," said running back Cory Boyd, whose 35-yard run with 2:50 to play all but sealed the victory. "There was a lot of talk about finishing this game for him."