RFU Championship: Moseley 30 Plymouth Albion 25
Bathed in spring sunshine, the warm glow of a job well done and a fourth consecutive play-off victory Ian Smith cut a relaxed figure after his final competitive fixture in charge of Moseley.
The head coach will remain in post until July 31 but with nothing more than next Saturday's knockabout against Munster A to concern himself, he can now turn his attention to retaining as many players as possible and making sure his successor has a squad capable of maintaining the momentum built up over the last few weeks.
Aside from ruefully wondering why his men hadn't been able to find the intensity that has been characteristic of their play-off campaign slightly earlier in the season, Smith reflected on a seven-year reign that has ended in credit.
Yes, there have been frustrations, particularly this season when Moseley struggled for consistency and underwent an inexplicable absence for a whole month - their lack of application last October was worrying in the extreme.
But set in the wider context of the promotion in 2006, the stupendously good National Trophy win at Twickenham in 2009 and that year's top half finish, Smith has been presided over some of the happiest times in Moseley's recent history.
Which is why both club and coach are in a position to look back without rancour: "Has a weight been lifted from my shoulders? There has never been a weight," Smith said.
"I have always enjoyed the stress of it. That's why people play and coach at this level. It's very stimulating.
"There is a degree of frustration obviously when you are working with a group that can determine how competitive they are going to be on a weekly basis, rather than the group working and being driven from within due to competition.
"When you are in this situation there is not a lot more you can do, you have just got to manage as best you can and keep on going forward.
"I will look back on this seven years fondly. I have met and worked with some fantastic people. When Don [Caskie] and I started seven years ago it was all about legacy and putting the club in a viable position.
"We have worked with many people, unfortunately some of them have fallen by the wayside, they have not made the whole journey but they certainly started it.
"This latest group will be the same, they have just got to make sure the club keeps pushing forward and getting better and better."
Smith's next task will be agreeing terms with as many first teamers as possible, in the face of what are sure to be tempting offers from elsewhere.
And there is good reason to act swiftly because many of the pack that has stepped up its output 20 per cent in the last month have attracted outside interest.
And of course the board must find Smith's replacement as soon as possible - if only to allow the new man a say in recruitment and as much time as possible to craft a new game-plan.
Where the mercurial talents of Ollie Thomas fit into that is soon to be established. The 27-year-old was pressed into action at fly half yesterday, albeit only after Brad Davies withdrew in the warm-up with a hamstring tweak.
The Mose midfield was also disrupted by Dai Bishop's late unavailability which saw Andy Borgen step up from the bench to outside centre.
It was a credit therefore that both Thomas and Borgen made it on to the scoresheet, the South African with a tenth minute try after good work from Anthony Carter, and Thomas with his peerless kicking.
His radar wasn't quite as accurate as it had been in the previous three matches but this time it was a case of quality instead of quantity as his two late penalties turned a 25-24 deficit into a well merited victory.
Nathan Bressington also popped up for a couple of tries - taking his tally to four in the play-offs - and the splendid Craig Voisey also bludgeoned his way over to ensure Smith's reign ended on the right note.
MOSELEY: Carter; Bressington, Armitage, Borgen, Bishay (Gillick 74); Thomas, Taylor (De La Harpe 66); Voisey, Caves, Sigley (Williams 65), Spivey, Stott (Lyons 48), Maltman, Pennycook, Maidment. Replacements: Warner, Ellery, MacBurnie
PLYMOUTH: Tuipulotu; McLoughlin (Kessell 53), Mercer, Fisilau, Mitchell; Davies (Hallett 59), Cushion; Porter, OMeara (Freestone 78), Morton, Copeland, Hotson (Hocking 78), Watts-Jones, Sprangle, Carpenter. Replacements: Lee, Hopkins, Tripcony
Referee:Terry Hall (RFU)