Harry Redknapp was in the stands as Spurs picked up three vital Premier League points against a poor Bolton team.
Roman Pavlyuchenko and the much-maligned Darren Bent were on the scoresheet as Tottenham fought their way to a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane.
A general sense of relief was the over-riding reaction - especially for Daniel Levy, who had taken what he called 'very difficult decisions' in sacking four key members of the club's footballing hierarchy in an attempt to steady a sinking ship.
Levy, who is seen by many Spurs fans as the chief culprit for the club's latest mini-crisis, has swallowed his pride and acknowledged his mistakes in turning to the old-school, no-frills management style of 'Arry.
He has perhaps swapped a Rolls-Royce for a Robin Reliant but it is substance not style that will keep Tottenham's league campaign running through the long, tiring winter months.
Citing the Londoner's passion for and knowledge of Premier League football, the chairman is hoping that Redknapp will not only ensure a greater return on the club's huge investment in the current playing squad but also that he will redress the squad's imbalance with wise investment in January.
Tottenham fans will be looking for the players to warm to Redknapp's hands-on approach and will expect the club's British players in particular to warm to the challenge. T
They are right to expect a lot more from the likes of Huddlestone, Jenas, Bentley and Lennon in the midfield in particular.
Another reason for Tottenham fans to be hopeful that their luck is changing is Ledley King's selection - and performance - today. The defensive stalwart's composure and quality could be as vital as any change in management.
Redknapp is realistic and knows that this is his biggest challenge to date. He has inherited a group of leaders with no identifiable leader, no proven goalscorer, a soft midfield and a shaky goalkeeper.
He knows that he will have to be at the top of his game - or he may end up begging for his job back down at Fratton Park before long!
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