It was almost forgotten within the drama of Damien Johnson's tantrums and Sebastian Larsson's last-minute winner, but this summer's costliest Championship signing made his debut for Birmingham City on Saturday, writes Ged Scott.
And it was still a massive afternoon for £4 million man Gary McSheffrey who saw, inside that frantic final quarter of an hour, just the sort of competitive spirit and never-say-die attitude he hopes will earn him Premiership football by the end of this campaign.
"The key is the tempo we play at, and the way we got at them," said McSheffrey. "And we've got players who can score goals all round the pitch.
"I should have had at least two, which was the only disappointing thing on my debut and would have affected me more if we'd only drawn.
"But, after going a goal down to a deflection which the keeper could do nothing about, the way we picked the tempo up after that showed great character.
"We really got at them and deserved our equaliser. And I thought we'd go in ahead as we already getting behind them.
"But we've popped up with a last-minute winner again in the end, just like the lads did in the last home game, and that says a lot about any team - that we fight to the end."
At 5ft 8ins, he could never really have been truly accurately described as a big fish at Coventry City. Nor is the Ricoh a small pond. After all, they attracted 38 more fans for the Sky Blues' first game without him on Friday night than Blues' first game with him.
But McSheffrey is pleased to now be seen as one of many attacking threats, rather than his team's main one.
"It was a big decision in my life leaving Coventry to come here," he said. "But I feel, career wise, it was the right one when you consider the squad. "Just look at the quality we were bringing off the bench. Sebastian Larsson, Mikael Forssell, Neil Danns - the squad's never ending and that keeps you on your toes."
In fact, it was the pressure to simply stay on the park that led to McSheffrey missing the game's biggest talking point, the behaviour of Johnson after he was substituted.
"We had a corner and I knew we were making a sub," he said. "But I was just worried my number didn't go up and, once it wasn't my number, I was just concentrating on the corner and I didn't realise what was going on."
At least McSheffrey had known what was going on at the Ricoh the previous night as he watched the Sky Blues' match against Leicester on TV.
"Yes, I watched the game," said McSheffrey. "I'm a Cov fan and that will never change.
"I was disappointed that they didn't win it as I thought they could have nicked it at the end.
"It was important that they didn't lose and I'm sure they'll carry on doing well at home. But this is a new start for me. I'm a Birmingham City player now so I've just got to concentrate on that."