Kevin Campbell is celebrating what he calls "the loss of West Bromwich Albion's virginity".
Now, he says, the plan is never to return to the age of innocence.
The Albion striker played a significant role in ensuring that the club retained its Premiership status but the hard part - consolidation and meeting increased expectations - is still to come.
But that is a matter for the future. At the club's training ground in Walsall yesterday, Campbell was basking in the glory of Albion's survival and using colourful language to emphasise the achievement.
"Any club that comes up into the Premiership is a virgin," Campbell said. "We were virgins in August, just like there will be three new virgins in August.
"It is all about losing that virginity. By surviving in the Premiership for another season, we have lost our virginity. And, as the captain of the team, I am proud of that. We are virgins no more but we still have a hard task ahead of us.
"People do not realise how difficult it is for virgins in the Premiership to survive. A good First Division team is only a mediocre team in the Premiership. It is hard enough gaining a point, never mind picking up a win.
"You have to play in it to really appreciate how hard it is. For me, it is the best league in the world, and now we can proudly say that we are a part of it for another season. As I say, it makes me so proud.
"What we have achieved is amazing. I think we had 13 points when I signed [on January 11] and we finished fourth from bottom. We went right to the wire but we picked up the points that mattered, when they mattered."
Campbell, aged 35, has become a talismanic figure. As a strong and clever centre forward, he inspired Arsenal to the League Championship in 1991, Everton to survival in 1999, and now Albion to survival in 2005.
Some would suggest that he has the midas touch and that his nickname should be "Golden Balls". He laughs off such suggestions.
"I don't know about the 'Golden Balls' tag but perhaps I am lucky," Campbell said. "I certainly hope so. But this has been about hard work and team spirit. It has been about playing good football and proving people wrong.
"Not many people gave us a chance but we always believed that we were capable of surviving. We stuck together. We had a good manager. And we signed important players at important times.
"A lot of things go into surviving as we have done. It was not just one thing, it was a combination of things."
One of those things was the appointment as manager of Bryan Robson last November. Prior to that, Albion were sinking towards the Coca-Cola League Championship and showing little in the way of internal unity.
Robson's early days were uninspiring. The team did not win any of their opening 12 matches and, worst of all, some supporters decided that Robson was the wrong manager.
When Albion lost 4-0 to Birmingham City at St Andrew's in December, those supporters turned towards Robson and sang, "You don't know what you're doing; you don't know what you're doing".
Campbell had not arrived then - he was still with Everton - but he has heard the stories second hand.
"I know what the fans were singing and football is an emotional game," Campbell said. "But the gaffer knew all along what he was doing. Everything he has done has been for the best of the club. Sometimes you do not see something but he does.
"Now look. He has proved that, all along, he knew exactly what was right for West Bromwich Albion.
"He signed me at an important time. He signed Kieran Richardson and Richard Chaplow. He brought players back into the team; players who had not enjoyed much action. Best of all, he helped to create a great team spirit.
"Bryan Robson has proved a lot of people wrong. He was manager of Middlesbrough and did well, but that did not end as he would have wanted. Then he was manager of Bradford when they had financial problems.
"It seemed as though he was yesterday's man. Some even said that West Brom took him on for nostalgic reasons. Well, now we know why West Brom took him on. He is a great manager and he has just proved it."
And, in the process, helped Albion to lose their virginity.