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WILL GRAVES | October 14, 2013 01:23 PM EST | AP


PITTSBURGH — PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is cautiously optimistic his team's rough start is finally a thing of the past.

Pittsburgh won its first game in nearly ten months on Sunday, beating the New York Jets 19-6. It's a victory that followed a familiar script for the Steelers. The defense sacked Geno Smith three times and picked off two passes while the offense didn't turn the ball over for the first time this season.

Tomlin says he hopes the win is a "springboard" for Pittsburgh as it enters a critical stretch.

At 1-4, the Steelers remain in last place in the AFC North but have an opportunity to make inroads. They host the defending Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon.

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