There was no team meeting. No caustic managerial speech. There didn’t need to be.

Friday night, in losing 8-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Blue Jays were unacceptably docile, lacking energy, bereft of purpose. It was obvious to anyone who saw it and also to the ball players who suffered through it.

“We are grown men,” said Jose Reyes. “We know when we don’t do good. Yesterday was a tough game for us.”

More to the point, the Blue Jays responded with urgency on Saturday and it paid off in a crucial 10th-inning, walkoff 5-4 victory, accomplished with energy and flare to level this three-game series against the Rays at a win apiece.

“The energy was a lot different than yesterday,” said Reyes. “We had no energy in that game. Today was a lot better and it makes it even better when you get the ‘W’. Hopefully we can win the series tomorrow.”

At least the Jays think they won this game. The game was played under protest by the Rays after a fourth-inning pick-off play review went against them. Grounds for the review are that the Rays felt manager John Gibbons was too late with his review request, at least according to the rules.

After blowing a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning, with closer Casey Janssen on the mound, the Jays showed some character in fashioning their seventh walkoff win of the season.

Reyes delivered the game-winning hit, a first-pitch, two-out single that sent Colby Rasmus scurrying home from second base with the decisive run. Rasmus executed a bit of derringdo himself to start the winning rally, leading off the inning with a two-strike bunt single against Rays pitcher Joel Peralta.