Hamilton didn't play well offensively, but the capitalized on mistakes and booted four field goals to defeat Montreal 28-26 on Saturday and improved to 6-6 for the 2013 CFL season.
Tiger-Cats veteran quarterback Henry Burris completed 15 of 27 passes for 176 yards and one interception, but a fake field goal in the second quarter led to the only touchdown by the Ticats and they took a 13-10 lead into halftime.
Kicker Brett Lauther made his debut after starter Luca Congi was benched after two critical misses last week and the rookie responded by making all four attempts in a big win that keeps Hamilton in second place in the East Division.
Montreal was led by young quarterback Josh Neiswander, playing in place of the injured Tanner Marsh and the youngster responded with a solid effort. Neiswander completed 26 of 36 passes for 294 yards and two scores, but the Alouettes couldn't rally around their new signal caller and dropped to 4-8 on the year and possibly out of the CFL Playoff picture.
The Tiger-Cats now have two tough games against Calgary and Toronto, but wins in both contests could have this team gaining the momentum they need to make a run at the playoffs and a shot at winning the Grey Cup.