I know it does, but its obviously more effective with film helping block the gap. The way I was taught to process film is you hang a film weight on the leader, go into the dark, open the can, allow the weight to slowly drop to the floor, cut the film off the spool, feed cut end into the spiral and wind it up.
Let me tell you a way that may make things easier for you. When you loaded the camera you wasted about 6" of film excluding the leader. Cut off the the leader and load about 6" of film into the spiral in daylight by vision. Then go into the darkroom or changing bag, pay out the rest of the film and load in total darkness. When the cassette starts to jam up against the spiral, use your finger nails to tear the film fom the cassette.