Removing ^M characters from text documents

I'm a semi-newbie, but I have been working with perl for about a year now.  So bear with me.

I'm writing a script to take html files written in windows and remove the tags.  I've got everything under control except that I can't seem to get rid of some pesky ^M characters.  They're causing the text to lose the format I'm giving it, so they need to be removed.  I've tried to use some regular expressions:
     $text =~ s/^M//g; # Attempt 1

     $text =~ s/\^M//g; # Attempt 2

     $text =~ /.(.*)/g; # Attempt 3 (the ^M seems to be at the start of each line)
     $finished_text = $1;

Well, I've been trying things for a few days now, and am getting nowhere, so if someone could tell me what I'm doing wrong, it would be much appreciated.
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ozoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
$text =~ s/\cM//g;
or
$text =~ s/\r//g;
or
$text =~ s/\015//g;
or
$text =~ tr/\xd//d;
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