While most Birmingham players will want to forget Saturday's fortuitous draw at Torquay, it will linger long in the memory of Alex Bruce.
The 21-year-old son of Birmingham's manager was handed a surprise debut and was one of the few players to emerge with credit.
He produced a solid defensive performance against the dangerous Jo Kuffour, as the team lying just three places off the bottom of the Football League, put Steve Bruce's team to the sword.
Bruce jnr admitted that, while it was a memorable afternoon for him personally, the team's performance was not acceptable.
"It was a proud moment for me," said Bruce. "I found out on the morning of the game that I was playing, so I didn't have time to be nervous.
"You have to say we were fortunate to escape with a draw, as they created the better chances. They were very physical and got wired into us. They didn't make it easy or give us any time on the ball.
"Full credit to them but I am sure we can turn them over at home."
This insipid showing left Bruce with a harangued look after the game, as he bared his soul to the gathered press corps and it has been a troubled campaign for the Birmingham manager.
Bruce junior has seen at close quarters the travails his father has endured, as poor form, injuries and a lack of goals has blighted their season.
And Birmingham's newest debutant insists there is no magic wand to solve their problems; instead, he is convinced that a dollop of old-fashioned toil is the order of the day.
"In the four years he has been at St. Andrew's, it is the most difficult time," added the younger Bruce.
"But if you look at all the Premiership managers, then they all have dips. Look at Sam Allardyce last season and Alan Curbishley. They haven't got the type of money that Chelsea and Arsenal have. Even Portsmouth spent £4 million on a player yesterday.
"I don't think Birmingham will be doing that and it is difficult unless you can buy the players.
"You have just got to grind it out and get out of it the same way we got into it. I am sure we can turn it round."