Man- of- the- match Tomasz Kuszczak was undoubtedly the chief West Bromwich Albion hero in helping to earn them a precious point against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday night.
But if there is one player who can fully appreciate just what a frustrating season it must have been for Albion's under-used goalkeeping deputy, it is Robert Earnshaw.
Between them, they must have been in danger of rubbing their knuckles red-raw on manager Bryan Robson's office door this season.
In Kuszczak's case, given Russell Hoult's unconvincing form triggered by a long-term groin injury, the frustration must have been every bit as deep as Earnshaw's. But when opportunity knocked, Hoult's young Polish deputy took his chance.
Brought on as a first-half replacement after Hoult's groin finally gave way, Kuszczak put on such a stunning performance that he saved his team from an embarrassing battering by Robson's former club.
Having kept his side in contention, Albion had a platform from which they were able to save the game and the equally spurned Earnshaw took it.
While Earnshaw's penalty equaliser was a vital Albion lifeline in terms of boosting their morale for one of the biggest weeks in their history, the Welshman was quick to pay tribute to his Polish team-mate.
"He was on fire," Earnshaw said. "He was brilliant. It's funny, really, because he's conceded a couple of stupid little goals in five-a-sides this week in training and he took some stick from the lads but, today, he saved everything.
"He's a great shot-stopper. Sometimes, you just can't score past him in training, that's the quality he's got but, to be fair to him, he just wants to play.
"He just wants to get out there. He's got confidence. Any time he's been called upon, he's done well and he certainly needed to be on top of his game tonight on such a massive stage, because they had some great strikes."
The Baggies stand- in keeper has given Albion heart that the Premiership's Christmas backmarkers can complete a history-making rescue bid next Sunday.
It is unprecedented in the 32-year history of three teams being relegated from the top flight that none of the relegation places have yet been settled going into the final day.
The pundits have said for most of the season that it would be three from four to go and, with just one round of fixtures remaining, that remains the case.
Albion remain the outsiders, given that they start next Sunday in last place. But they are strongly tipped to beat Portsmouth, leaving them reliant on the other three results.
Regardless of what the Baggies do themselves, if Norwich City win at Fulham, Crystal Palace win at Charlton or Southampton win at home to United, they are down.
But none of the other three teams look to have nailed-on three-pointers. Albion know that they have chief midfield inspiration Kieran Richardson back next week, the United loan signing having been sidelined at the home of his main paymasters.
Next Saturday's other key issue surrounds Hoult's fitness and, if he is ready, whether Robson will stick with his No 1 or the inspired Kuszczak.
The Pole said: "I thought I would spend another game on the bench but things change very quickly in football.
"Russell got injured, I tried to do my job and we got a very important point.
"I have been training very hard and I have always been ready and to win man-of-the-match after playing only four games all season and to do it in a great stadium like this makes me very happy."
Robson said: "We've had the hardest run-in over the last few weeks but I think everybody would want the fixture we've got left now.
"I know we got a few breaks here but that was for the first time in some weeks and we've deserved them.
"I told the lads at half time that they'd got absolutely no chance unless our passing improved. It wasn't nerves, as they go out of the window for games like this one, just poor concentration but what you always get from my lads is work-rate and, to be fair to the lads, they responded."