The leap for joy from Nick Knight - a rare display of emotion from Warwickshire's cool captain - as he took the winning catch against Sussex betrayed the importance of this victory.
His team is, undoubtedly, right back in the Championship race. The maximum points they took from this topsy-turvey encounter see them move to third in the table with a game in hand on Sussex.
"This means a lot," Knight said afterwards. "This is a really big win. We're right back in it. There's still the belief in the dressing room and if we keep playing good cricket, we're a real threat.
" We've won three out of four in the Championship now. That's what we needed to get back in there and this was a great game of cricket."
Knight was far from satisfied with his side's overall performance. Reckless second innings batting and ill-disciplined first innings bowling handed Sussex the initiative after the third day and it took remarkable - but increasingly familiar - Warwickshire fortitude to turn the tide.
"I'd have liked us to score a few more in our second innings, but I always thought we could win," Knight said. "It's never easy to bat last at Edgbaston and, in the end, I was surprised how easily we won.
"We're the sort of side that wins these games. We talk a great deal about mental strength and character and, in performances like this, you see why. You need to be strong and that's what we're trying to instil in our dressing room.
"We're still too inconsistent, though. We performed better in our first innings here, but our batting second time around was just terrible. Awful. It's a concern how we almost mucked it up and I'd like us to have made it a bit easier for ourselves.
"But we bowled much better in their second innings. Makhaya Ntini took early wickets, Dougie Brown bowled well which built up the pressure and our fielding was fantastic."
The game once again justified Knight's policy of signing just one overseas player and backing young players. 22-year-old James Anyon bowled marvellously well in the second innings, taking four cheap wickets, including some of Sussex's key performers,
"He's a recipient of our policy," Knight said. "He's the sort of bloke who wouldn't play if we had a second overseas player. And he'll have gone up a level after today.
"He'll be a much better cricketer for this match and that wouldn't have happened with two overseas players."
Warwickshire head to Hampshire tomorrow with a great deal at stake. Jim Troughton is expected to return - probably in place of Luke Parker - after his back spasms, though Michael Powell's shins remain a concern.
Naqaash Tahir will travel with the squad and could play instead of Neil Carter, who has a side strain.