It wasn't exactly how the faithful would've drawn it up, with ace Tim Lincecum struggling in the blustery, cold conditions, but a win is a win is a win as the saying goes.
The Freak needed 115 pitches to get through five innings and record an out in the sixth before exiting stage left, but the offense—spearheaded by Buster Posey and Aaron Rowand—came roaring back to pick up their two-time Cy Young winner.
Brian Wilson emphatically shook off the offseason/injury rust and finished the night with a flourish, striking out the side in the ninth.
The Bearded One's patented celebration sent some 41,000 (plus change) home happy, except for those unfortunate souls wearing Bum blue.
Despite the good cheer engendered by a thrilling victory over a rival, the orange-and-black seem to have given their fans reason to worry in the early going of the 2011 campaign.
The boys' defense has been shaky to say the least, the pitching hasn't been as dominant as many remember it and the bats have sputtered out of the blocks.
The club is 5-6 while mired in fourth place and hasn't seemed at all like the one that earned those 2010 World Series rings.
So naturally (and comically), the speculation and hand wringing has begun in earnest.
How quickly we forget.