Mark Kilam has notched his first win as a head coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Last night in Ottawa, he filled in for Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson, who is going through COVID protocol.

The Stamps beat the 1-7 Ottawa Redblacks, 17-3, to bounce back from a pair of losses to the undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"It feels great," said Kilam in a post-game scrum. "It was full credit to the staff. We all took on more this week and we were ready to go. I know it broke Dave's heart to not be here, so we told Dave we'd bring it home for him, and we did.

"The best part about it was all the guys and all the love I got from all the football players on the team. That's what I'll remember from it."

Kilam has been the Stamps special teams coach for years and was named assistant coach in 2019. He was an assistant coach with the Cobras from 2002 to 2005 before receiving an offer to join the Stamps coaching staff. He's now in his 18th season with the club. 

The Stamps are 5-2 and battling with the B.C. Lions for second in the CFL's west division.