Birmingham City 4 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Just to prove true that every cloud has a silver lining, Birmingham City concluded one of the most torrid weeks in their recent history with their biggest win of the season and it was striker Mikael Forssell who sparkled for Alex McLeish's side.
The Finland international was rewarded for his incredible determination and commitment in recent seasons by becoming the first Blues player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.
A week ago against Arsenal, Martin Taylor's tackle on Eduardo sparked a week of anger, recrimination and sorrow. The media spotlight and the finger of blame for the Croatian's crippling injury has been pointed directly at McLeish and his players.
However, the traumas of the past seven days could prove to be in Blues' favour as everyone at the club seems to have rallied in the face of the onslaught. Tin-hat syndrome may just have galvanised Blues, who have had a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot on many occasions, on and off the pitch.
The players were united in their defence of Taylor and, as expected, the fans showed their support by unfurling banners and singing Taylor's name throughout Saturday's game. It is not often the tall defender, nicknamed 'Tiny', has had his name sung at St Andrew's and even rarer for opposition supporters to chant it as well!
The Blues supporters also have another terrace favourite: 'Feed the Forss and he will score' and Forssell duly obliged. The 26-year-old has had his own tribulations in recent years as he has battled back from serious injury and fallen out of favour with former manager Steve Bruce, whose patience finally disappeared.
He seemed to be on his way out in the summer and Bundesliga side Hanover were on the brink of signing him. But Blues had a change of heart and how McLeish will be thankful.
When the Scot took over as manager, he said he could tell in training that Forssell was the best finisher at the club but that he had to protect his striking gem and only unleash him at the right moment. That moment has come.
Proven goalscorers in the Premier League cost the annual budget of a small nation and having Forssell return to his best form will be like winning the football Lottery for Blues.
His re-emergence also has much to do with the arrival of £5 million striker James McFadden as the pair have forged an instant under-standing and their partnership will, without doubt, be the key to Birmingham's survival.
Goalscoring has been Blues' biggest problem but the duo looked a threat every time they got the ball in Tottenham's third of the pitch.
In start contrast to Blues, Spurs have had a week of partying following their Carling Cup final victory and, judging by the photos in the national newspapers, some celebrated a little too hard. So while Tottenham were stag-gering, it was Blues who were swaggering.
The deadly duo of McFadden and Forssell combined to give the hosts the lead after just seven minutes when the Finn headed home the Scot's cross.
Spurs huffed and puffed but offered little threat in the first half, although Dimitar Berbatov did show a flash of his undeniable genius when he latched on to a loose Fabrice Muamba pass - and there were plenty of them - and struck the post from 20 yards out.
The game sprung to life in the second half and Forssell could have added his second when he was picked out by Gary McSheffrey but Paul Robinson produced a stunning save to push the Blues striker's close-range effort over the bar.
Moments later, Robinson was comprehensively beaten by another superb free-kick, although this time it was Sebastian Larsson who took up the mantle from McFadden, who opened the scoring against Arsenal with a sublime free-kick and curled the ball over the wall into the far corner.
Blues made it 3-0 four minutes later when Didier Zokora almost volleyed a Larsson cross into his own net and Robinson was forced to make a save but Forssell was on hand to hammer home the ball home with his right foot.
Forssell completed his hat-trick in the 81st minute when McFadden once again produced the telling pass and the Finn slid the ball past Robinson with his left foot.
Jermaine Jenas, who started on the bench, snatched a late consolation to deprive Blues of what would have been only their fourth clean sheet of the season but there was nothing Spurs could do to deny them their first league double over the north Londoners for 32 years.
Scorers: Forssell (7) 1-0: Larsson (55) 2-0; Forssell (59) 3-0; Forssell (81) 4-0; Jenas (90) 4-1.
BIRMINGHAM (4-4-2): Maik Taylor; Kelly, Jaidi, Ridgewell, Murphy; Larsson, Johnson, Muamba, McSheffrey (Parnaby, 70); McFadden (Zarate, 84), Forssell (Jerome, 84). Subs: Doyle, Nafti.
TOTTENHAM (4-4-2): Robinson; Hutton, Zokora (Gunter, 73), Kaboul, Chimbonda; Malbranque (Keane, 46), O'Hara, Tainio (Jenas, 46), Huddlestone; Berbatov, Bent. Subs: Cerny, Lennon.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).
Booking: Blues - Johnson (foul).