PITTSBURGH -- Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers finally won a game this season, they are already greedy. They want more.
"Hopefully," coach Mike Tomlin said, "this is a springboard of things to come."
They certainly played a more complete game Sunday in beating the New York Jets, 19-6, than they have all season. They committed no turnovers and, for the first time, came up with two of their own. They had a season-high three sacks. They stopped the run.
The Steelers at 1-4 cannot even think about getting back into playoff contention. But they can think about the Super Bowl champs because the Baltimore Ravens come to Heinz Field Sunday. The Ravens are 3-3, so a Steelers victory would put them just one victory behind them.
"It wasn't the start we wanted," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "But the men in this locker room believe that there's a chance that something great can come out of this if we all work towards it."
Tomlin challenged his team through the bye week, even shutting down the games they play in the locker room -- pool, ping pong and shuffleboard. The last team to overcome a 0-4 start and make the playoffs was San Diego in 1992.
"We look forward to getting home and playing winning football in front of our fans," Tomlin said. "But we have a lot of work to do in order to make that occur."
Notes: The Steelers recorded the 600th win in franchise history, including the postseason and the 1943 season when Pittsburgh joined Philadelphia, becoming the fourth team in NFL history, and first AFC team, to reach 600 wins. ... Including two playoff victories, the Steelers ran their record to 19-4 against the New York Jets.