When you're in charge of the league's bottom club, there's a minute of the season left and your on-loan goalkeeper goes up for a corner to score the goal that keeps your team in the league, that's about as narrow and tight as it gets in the painfully thin divide between success and failure in football.
That was Nigel Pearson's experience six years ago, the day his Carlisle United team stayed in the Football League only thanks to the infamous antics of the near-legendary Jimmy Glass.
But the experience also ensures that West Bromwich Albion's No 2 will be the coolest man in the ground at The Hawthorns this Sunday.
"It's difficult to compare the two scenarios," said a smiling Pearson, ahead of the Baggies' final-day showdown with Portsmouth. "But I certainly hope we won't have to resort to sending our 'keeper up in the last minute this Sunday.
"What I perhaps remember most was the way it highlighted the emotions. I saw the pictures of the Scarborough fans almost celebrating one minute, then crying the next when they found out they'd been relegated as a result of us staying up."
There would certainly be tears at The Hawthorns on Sunday if any of the three other results do not go Albion's way, but they can't afford to worry about events elsewhere.
"The bottom line is we need to win," said Pearson. "We need calm heads and a slice of luck from elsewhere.
"You can get too bogged down with what everybody else is doing. First of all, you have to fulfil your side of the bargain and, if the other results don't go our way, there's nothing we can do about it.
"But there is one comparison I could make with that day up at Brunton Park and the task ahead of us on Sunday. The lads in that Carlisle team conducted themselves with a lot of dignity and showed a lot of courage and they held their nerve.
"It's the same with this group of players I'm involved with now. They've already shown that same sense of holding their nerve when called upon to do a professional job."
With that in mind, the Albion management team have been kept busy this week trying to ease the tension.
"It's just a normal week," claims Pearson. "The only thing different is that, after Sunday, there are no more permutations.
"We're relaxed as we can be. Preparations have to be as routine as possible to try to cushion the pressure but we're used to the ups and downs.
"Looked at from the turn of the year, when our fortunes started changing for the better, we'd have settled for at least giving ourselves a chance. But, over the course of a season, you end up where you are because that's where you should be.
"If we get relegated, it's not down to what happens on Sunday, it's down to what has happened over the course of an entire season."
But that relegation this Sunday would not be a disaster. Albion went down two years ago only to come back up again.
Carlisle, by contrast, won the battle that day, but they were not to win the war. After four more flirtations with relegation, Carlisle finally went down 12 months ago and will take on Stevenage tomorrow at Stoke's Britannia Stadium, looking to win back their place in the Football League.
And Glass? Sadly, that is not yet a happy ending. After failing to earn regular work with any league club since his Carlisle experience and having been reduced to playing upfront on park pitches this season down in Sussex, the disillusioned Glass is due to head for France with his wife and child any day now, ready to start a new life. Albion's Nigel Pearson knows all about last-gasp escapes ..SUPL: