I am rather optimistic at this point as well. I think the two urgent areas for attention are the receiving corps and the defensive line/LB pressuring the opposing QB. Improve in those 2 areas and the wins will come.
Against Winnipeg, look at their last game against Montreal. Kevin Glenn may not be an elite quarterback in the CFL, but he’s calm, composed, and an efficient manager of a football game. He makes few mistakes. Cats will need to get strong pressure on him to see if you can rattle him and force him into making mistakes (something Montreal did not do).
On offence, forcefeed them a steady diet of Lumsden, and then mix things up by putting Holmes and Lumsden in the backfield together, running Holmes occasionally and using him as a receiver out of the backfield after faking a handoff to Lumsden. All that should loosen them up for the receivers to find openings.
Good luck Ticats!!