Well, since it's a pagination, there's not a static page to link a "back to list" link. You could pass in the page, but that's a pain in the butt. It's much easier to do:
<%= link_to "Back up to list", request.env["HTTP_REFERER"] %>
This'll put a link back to the same page in the pagination list that you came from. Saves pains. Ends up reading the HTTP spec on headers is a helpful, in addition to some Rails source.
Ends up that "redirect_to :back" also uses the same trick. You can use that in your controller to just redirect back to whatever method called it.