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Could the 80-yard touchdown pass in overtime propel the Saints back into the hunt?

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) -

Quarterback Drew Brees didn't show any discomfort after sitting out last Sunday's Carolina game with a bruised shoulder. He pulled the trigger all night long and hit a bulls eye in the 26-20 overtime victory over Dallas Sunday night.

Everybody is still talking about the 80-yard touchdown strike to running back C.J. Spiller to upend the Cowboys in overtime.  Could that play ignite a fire under a Saints team that was in need of a spark?

The winning touchdown thrown by quarterback Drew Brees was his 400th career TD pass.

The Saints were hungry for a "W" in a big way, since Atlanta and Carolina are both 4 and 0, sitting atop the NFC South Division.

Brees said, "I mean it's our first win.  Hopefully it's the first of many.  Unfortunately we were on the other side for the first three games.  So, it was good to get one of these where...tight game, we come from behind and win it the way it was suppose to be won and now we can build on that."

Kicking specialist Zach Hocker could have won the game in regulation, but he misfired on a 30-yard field goal attempt that forced overtime.

His days in Black & Gold could be numbered.

"My job is to kick field goals and we got two of thee but we've got to kick three for three next time, "stated Hocker.

Head coach Sean Payton said, "We've got to clean up that operation because it's three now.  Snap one time, hold one time and kick.  I mean, we're going to have to starting going for two."

Hats off to the Saints defense.  They kept New Orleans in the game and no doubt rookie linebacker Stephone Anthony, out of Clemson is making his presence known.

Anthony said, "I'm just trying to get better each week man.  I'm not sure how much better I'm getting? I'm just trying to get the guys to rally around me and go from there."

“I loved the fact that, as a defense and as a team, we responded to adversity, "stated Payton.  "They hit us with two quick plays in the run game and we settled in, really got our cleats in the ground and we played some good football last night.”

The win also ended a six game losing streak by the Saints in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Payton said, "“Definitely, we finally got the monkey off of our back. We finally got the first one but like we all have been saying all morning, it is just the first one. We are still 1-3 and we have to go get some more. You can’t get two without getting one so it is a good start."

The Saints travel to Philadelphia Sunday at high noon, facing an Eagles team that carries a 1-3 won-loss record.

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