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Rex Ryan keeps Jets fighting for each other

Rex Ryan celebrates with his players after an

Rex Ryan celebrates with his players after an interception in the first half by Jaiquawn Jarrett during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Rex Ryan isn't going down without a fight - and neither are his players.

Their season may be lost in some respects, but Sunday's improbable win over the Steelers was proof the Jets still have a pulse. And that is a credit to Ryan.

So, too, is their 2-8 record.

But despite the frustration that comes with losing eight straight games and accepting the playoffs again being out of reach, the Jets are determined to give it their all the rest of the way.

Not just for themselves, but also for the sake of their head coach.

"We're going to play hard for him 'cause I know everybody loves playing for Rex," outside linebacker Calvin Pace said Sunday after the Jets prevented a franchise-record ninth straight loss with a 20-13 victory over Pittsburgh. "It's just a shame that things haven't gone the way we want them to go. And it happens. Again, it's the NFL. It's hard to win. You're talking about the best against the best. With that being said, you've just got to keep fighting. That's been our motto, man. Just keep fighting and good things will happen like they did today."

For the time being, at least, Ryan isn't going anywhere. Jets owner Woody Johnson prefers to wait until after the season to assess his staff. And the Jets' impressive win over the Steelers - despite another flyover commissioned by frustrated fans and a home stadium filled with Terrible Towels - has afforded the Jets' head coach more time.

Even Percy Harvin, the triple-threat player the Jets acquired from Seattle less than a month ago, has praised his new coaches and teammates for their no-quit attitude.

"Fighters," Harvin said, following his first win in green and white. "It's a bunch of men in this room. Men not afraid to look themselves in the mirror and say they're doing wrong or they're messing up."

For weeks, Ryan has talked about how "close" the Jets are to turning things around. Perhaps he's right.

Whether or not the Jets win another game this season, their head coach has found a way to keep his players believing in -- and fighting for - one another.

And now, the Jets can party like it's January 1969. Sort of.

"I'm proud that everybody stuck together," said Pace. "In situations like that, that's when you get division. Some guys go left, some guys go right. But I really think we got tighter as a team. I feel like we won the Super Bowl, man, it took us so long to get win No. 2."

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