Roman Abramovich had been missing at Camp Nou, the oligarch absent as Chelsea so defied the odds to eliminate Barcelona and progress into the Champions League final.
This 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers brought reassurance to a club in need of fresh impetus.
Celtic's celebration of Rangers' spectacular demise extended even to the tannoy at the season's final Old Firm game.
Should Tottenham Hotspur lose at home to Blackburn today it really will be the lowest point of Redknapp's reign, and even the end.
Chelsea would hate to lose at home to bitter rivals QPR, but the relegation battlers will fancy their chances.
Possibly the most controversial players of the 2011 / 2012 Premier League season (although Terry and Tevez run them close), Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Manchester City's Mario Balotelli seem to have hardly been out of the news.
Arsenal could only draw but still improved their prospects of finishing third, and guaranteeing qualification for next season's Champions League, thanks to Newcastle's unexpected thumping at Wigan.
It was not the victory that would have put to bed any relegation fears but this hard-fought point, on an afternoon when Alex McLeish unusually spent almost the entire match glued to his seat, could prove to be invaluable for Aston Villa.
Sunderland tried to sign Kevin Davies from Bolton during the January transfer window and are reportedly keen on reviving that potential deal this summer.