EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There were smiles in the Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room for the first time this season.
For a proud franchise with 600 victories, it usually doesn't take this long to celebrate.
"It is a good feeling," coach Mike Tomlin said. "Not like you won the lottery, obviously, but it is still a good feeling nonetheless."
Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals, and the Steelers got their first win after an 0-4 start by beating the New York Jets 19-6 on Sunday.
"The team's mindset," Roethlisberger said, "is, 'Congratulations, good win. Let's get home, enjoy for a little bit, and then get back to work.' "
The Steelers (1-4) were off to their worst start since 1968, when they lost their first six games during a season in which they finished 2-11-1.
"We're not going to quit," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "Obviously, it wasn't the start we wanted, but the men in this locker room believe there's a chance that something great could come out of this if we all work toward it."
Pittsburgh entered the game as the only team that hadn't caused a turnover on defense, and the Steelers took care of that zero on the stats sheet, too. Ryan Clark and Lawrence Timmons intercepted Geno Smith, who couldn't build off a terrific performance last Monday night in which he threw three touchdown passes in a comeback win at Atlanta.
Instead of possibly playing for first place in the AFC East, the Jets (3-3) will take on the New England Patriots looking to prevent a two-game losing streak.
"We have to play with more consistency, obviously," coach Rex Ryan said. "We're striving for consistency and we're not quite there. We have to get there in a hurry."