The trouble with the thinking of “if only we had won all our close games” is this.
Say the Ticats DID win those 3 games. They’d need 10 points to do so.
Then what? Statistically you’d be in first, but would be a team with 255 points for, and 415 points against. You’d be tied with a team that has one game in hand, and since you had actually ‘beaten’ Mtl and Tor, you’d be two points ahead of them, but they’d both have TWO games in hand. Plus you’d still be going into head to head games with arguably the best team in the league.
How would you like your chances even with all those ‘would have’ games. There’d be a better chance of making the playoffs for sure, but you’d still have a real fight on your hands to do so.
Instead of worrying about the playoffs take pleasure in the fact you’ve proven you’re not the league worst, and you’ve got some real positives to build on for next year. I’m not saying you give up hope before it’s official… just don’t dwell on it so much.