Tim Walsh's dominant performance in Pertemps Bees' dismissal of Coventry gave Phil Maynard the look of a man who'd lost a penny but found a pound.
A brilliant second-half display from the Australian flyhalf proved to be his side's catalyst as Bees scored four tries and ran out 29-7 winners in their best win of the season.
Walsh was directly involved in two of those tries, an intelligent 69th-minute crossfield kick that left wing Tom Beim with the simple task of catching and falling over, and a searing late break that gave Dave Knight an easy run in to claim a bonus point.
But it was his game management that was most eyecatching as the 26-year-old kicked for position and spread the play at the most opportune moments.
In fact Walsh looked a different player to the one that endured a difficult campaign last year and Maynard thinks he knows why.
"Taking the kicking responsibility off him and giving them to Ben Harvey has made a massive difference - he is flourishing as a player," the director of rugby said.
The switch might not have happened had Bees not lost Paul Knight to a three-game suspension after the scrumhalf was sent off by referee Gareth Copsey for stamping on the head of an opponent against London Welsh at Old Deer Park on September 17.
Knight's ban, which could be lengthened when he appears before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel on Tuesday October 18, meant player-coach Harvey came into the team with the silver lining that the former Stourbridge man was immediately handed the kicking duties.
In the two games he has played Harvey has been successful with 11 of 13 attempts - a ratio of nearly 85 per cent - and landed a last-minute penalty at Sedgley Park that earned his team a draw.
According to Maynard Walsh has been the chief beneficiary. He said: "Tim Walsh played very well against Coventry, there was a temptation to put Ryan [Lamb] on, but he was controlling the game which he is very good at."
So while he is without his first choice No 9 he has been compensated with a kicking scrum-half and a rejuvenated stand-off.
Walsh's opposite number on Saturday, Coventry's Jon Higgins, did not enjoy such a fruitful afternoon and gave up two crucial interceptions that led to Bees' scores.
After spending the first two weeks of the season absent with mumps Higgins has come into a team short on confidence - a deficiency highlighted by head coach Mike Umaga. "The interception was the turning point of the game," Umaga said in reference to Nick Baxter's try on the hour.
"After all the pressure we were applying when it happened, the body language changed quite dramatically.
"You could see there is a definite lack of confidence in the team - you could see it going as the game went on.
"When the self-belief goes people start looking elsewhere but really they should be looking within themselves.
" That can only be addressed by a good performance and a good win."
The chances of which must be considered slim for this weekend at least as Coventry travel to undefeated Harlequins in search of form and fortitude. But Umaga believes his team can go to The Twickenham Stoop with something to prove. He said: "We have got nothing to lose. We have just got to go out there and prove that we can play rugby and have a bit of pride."
* The South Warwickshire pool of Warwickshire's new midweek floodlit competition starts with an exciting programme of double-header match sessions on Wednesday October 26 at Leamington's Moorefields ground. At 7pm the Kenilworth Cougars play Leamington Lions and at 8pm the Alcester Phoenix play Southam Dinosaurs.