Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 defeat of Sunderland on Saturday left the North London club sitting third in the Premier League, not in an altogether dissimilar position to where they found themselves a year ago.
Of course, in spite of any initial similarities, Tottenham are a significantly different prospect to the group who had high hopes heading into 2012.
Andre Villas-Boas is now the man in charge, and after an eventful but ultimately positive first half to his first campaign at White Hart Lane, Spurs fans should be reasonably happy.
It has become a cliche to associate the term "false dawn" with the failure of successive Tottenham managers to replicate the success of the past, but it is appropriate in the respect that the club's supporters will be wary of definitively hailing the Portuguese after being burned and disappointed so many times before.
With that said, in the team's form and in Villas-Boas' actions, there are genuine reasons to be optimistic that Spurs are on the right track under Villas-Boas.