Everton v Chelsea
He did it at the Cup Final - but Everton lost. He did it at Stamford Bridge - but the Toffees had to settle for a draw. He did it at Goodison - and finally ended on the winning side.
Louis Saha's third and fourth goals against Chelsea as an Everton player sealed a famous victory. And the triumph was richly deserved.
David Moyes, having never previously beaten Chelsea, saw his side come from behind to an early Florent Malouda strike - turning the game on its head with a performance that was gutsy, confident and classy in equal measure.
Saha's goals were outstanding - his second half volley a display of power to match the intelligence of his first half header.
Sandwiched in between was a penalty miss which meant the Frenchman was denied his first Everton hat-trick.
But we can forgive him that as he mauled Carlo Ancelotti's table-toppers in his first game at Goodison since extending his deal to remain at Everton until 2012.
It had seemed an unlikely outcome 20 minutes into the match though.
A subdued opening from both sides garnered little in the opening 15 minutes - which made Chelsea's opening goal all the more surprising.
It was a simple strike - Petr Cech launching a clearance forward that Didier Drogba flicked on, providing Florent Malouda the opportunity to out-pace Phil Neville and guide a left-footed shot into the corner of the goal from 12 yards.
You could hear a pin drop inside Goodison. But, after dusting themselves down, the home fans slowly began to find their voices - aided by the increased tempo to Everton's play.
Drogba appeared to use an arm to block a Leon Osman effort from distance as the opening period entered its final third - but the referee ignored the pleas for a free-kick.
And then came the equaliser! Louis Saha produced an outstanding run and deft header to out-wit the Chelsea defence from Landon Donovan's excellent 33rd minute corner. The game was finally alive. And what a game in which to net your 100th English league goal!
Osman fired wide, Anelka went close and Lampard sent a free-kick over the bar as the game ebbed and flowed in the minutes before the break.
And, as the seconds ticked down, Saha was presented with a glorious chance by Donovan. He was denied by Cech.
But the American was not going to be denied, tripped by Carvalho in the 44th minute as he turned the defender in the area.
The penalty kick was awarded - but not converted. Cech parried away Saha's effort - a shot that lacked power.
Despite that setback, Everton started the second period the brighter - earning a series of corners to increase the pressure on the visitors and going close through Saha.
Indeed, the home side's play was causing Chelsea problems in all areas. But, frustratingly, a number of great moves did not culminate with the goal the build-up justified.
Donovan was a key figure in that eye-catching attacking play. It was also a boost to see Mikel Arteta fulfilling his midfield task so effectively after such a long period on the sidelines.
He lasted 74 minutes before being replaced by Jack Rodwell.
He had barely donned his tracksuit top before Everton were celebrating again.
Saha made amends for his missed opportunity from the penalty with a stunning strike. A super left-footed half volley from 18 yards flew beyond Cech.
And it was no less than Everton deserved for their toil and class. But the game was far from over - as a Drogba header against the bar served to illustrate.
Tim Howard, who had been largely untested, underlined his credentials with a fingertip stop to deny Lampard as Chelsea searched for the equaliser.
Chelsea launched an onslaught in the final 10 minutes but Everton stood firm. Even when the fourth official held up a board indicating five minutes of injury-time.
After the frustration of the derby - this was a thrilling response. Everton's first win over Chelsea for a decade. And a key victory in the battle to climb the table even further.