DJ Campbell has made a career out of proving people wrong but even he has been surprised at the events that have marked November 2006 out as the month of a myriad revivals.
While Birmingham City, the team for which he plays, have gone from strength to strength since a fortuitous victory away to Derby County on October 21, Campbell enjoyed something of a renaissance himself when, after a period of frustration, he scored the winning goal against Burnley last Saturday.
But experience has taught Campbell that football is like this. Take Chris Sutton, for example. The striker played alongside Campbell for Birmingham last season but was struggling with injuries and seemingly on the road to oblivion.
There was even talk that Sutton, aged just 33 and long since past his best, would be forced to retire, having failed to give a decent account of himself at St Andrew's.
Eight months on, having benefited from surgery and moved to Aston Villa, Sutton is evoking images of his better days, with the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Celtic, rather than with Birmingham.
Campbell, who felt "very low" prior to his goal that gave Birmingham a 2-1 victory against Burnley, has taken Sutton's story on board and used it as a means of inspiration.
"When you see how things have changed for Chris Sutton, you realise how funny football is," Campbell said. "Look at him now, scoring goals for Aston Villa and proving people wrong.
"When he was with Birmingham last season, he had bad injuries and stuff and he hadn't been playing too much. But now he is back fit. Martin O'Neill has given him a chance and now he is proving to be the great player he always was.
"What a game, eh? One minute you're on the rubbish heap, the next you're a star."
If Campbell is exaggerating the contrasts here, he could be forgiven. In the single second it took him to score for Birmingham at Turf Moor, he gave hope to all players who seem to spend longer on the substitutes' bench than they do on the pitch.
Campbell learnt a lot from playing alongside Sutton for Birmingham last season but seems to be learning more from the player's powers of recovery. Sutton, who scored against Villa for Birmingham last season, has quickly become the man around whom Martin O'Neill selects the team.
O'Neill was the manager of Celtic when he signed Sutton in 2000 so it was hardly a significant surprise when the two were reunited at Villa Park. Campbell did not expect to hear about Sutton again, which was to be expected. The injury seemed serious enough.
But when Sutton scored Villa's winning goal away to Everton on November 11, he quickly emphasised the speed with which a player's fortunes can change.
"I am sure Chris is loving it," Campbell said. "He is 33. When he left here last season, I am not sure if he thought he was ever going to play again at the Premiership level. It must have played on his mind.
"But he has got his chance, is scoring again and good luck to him. Hopefully, I can play against him in the Premiership next season.
"He must feel good about himself because that is natural when you prove people wrong. I know it was how I felt when I received criticism and then achieved what I'd set out to achieve. Criticism can be a great incentive."
That, however, was not the prevailing emotion when Campbell celebrated his goal against Burnley. He was too busy expressing his relief.
Whether the goal, which came with his first touch after he emerged as a 82nd-minute substitute, will mean a place in the starting line-up for Campbell when Birmingham play away to Southampton tomorrow remains to be seen.
But at least he placed himself to the forefront of Steve Bruce's mind.
Bruce, the Birmingham manager, who knows all about revivals, having staged one of his own this past month, was visibly willing Campbell on during the latter stages at Turf Moor. "It's been frustrating for DJ so I'm delighted for the kid," Bruce said afterwards.
He might also say the same about himself, for these have been momentous days for Birmingham.
And now, suddenly, against all logic, Bruce is in danger of becoming the Coca-Cola Championship manager of the month for November. So much for this being the month when he was going to lose his job.