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VANCOUVER - A willingness to work a little unpaid overtime is among the reasons why the B.C. Lions are a surprise early-season success, according to team veteran Ryan Phillips.

B.C. looks to start a season with three straight wins for the first time since 2007 when it hosts to the Toronto Argonauts Thursday. The Lions (2-0) throttled the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28-3 on Friday, marking the 256th career victory for returning coach Wally Buono.

Upon landing in back Vancouver at 2:45 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday, Phillips and co-captain Rolly Lumbala told their teammates they were required to attend film study at noon, even though Buono had given them the day off.

All were present hours later, according to the two veterans, a sign the club is serious about ending the trend that has resulted in four straight seasons without a playoff triumph.