For about two-thirds of the 2011/12 Premier League season, things couldn't have gone much better for Tottenham Hotspur.
After losing their first two games, Harry Redknapp's side enjoyed a lengthy run unbeaten, playing arguably the best football in the division whilst recording notable wins over Liverpool and Arsenal among others.
However, the consequences of Spurs' collapse post-winter after the Gunners exacted revenge with a 5-2 win in the return game have been felt ever since, with Redknapp sacked and the club's seemingly inevitable march back into the Champions League cruelly taken away at the last possible moment by Chelsea.
As frustrating a conclusion to the campaign as it was, it should not wholly cloud over a lot Tottenham have to be proud of, and indeed be positive about looking forward.
Throughout the 1990s and the early part of the last decade, most at the club would have grabbed at the chance to once more be competing with the country's best at the top of the table, as they have in recent years with five Top Five finishes in the last seven seasons.
The players that have achieved this would certainly rank up there with successful counterparts from Spurs sides of the 1970s and 80s in league form at least (though, naturally, they fall behind the title-winning sides of Arthur Rowe and Bill Nicholson).
Issues certainly need to be addressed ahead of the start of the new Premier League calendar, but Tottenham are a side still capable of competing with the division's best and may yet improve upon last season's fourth-place finish.