After spending the infancy of the season looking a shade underwhelming and lopsided if not lacking in effort, something tentatively seems to have clicked. The hard work has been on display from day one, manager Gary Bowyer promised us that much, but an actual dynamism has provisionally been found in attack - will it stay, well that remains to be seen, but for once (or twice now) there has been a verve and energy present in that gaping vortex-like chasm in between Jason Lowe and Jordan Rhodes where only space and confusion has existed before.
On Saturday, we finally found a way to beat Bolton Wanderers. Having spent what feels like an eternity losing 2-1 to them in all previous fixtures since Stonehenge was originally constructed, victory was finally achieved. Deservedly so to boot.
Certainly defensively we still bear the hallmarks of a work in progress and a slightly more ruthless outfit than the current, under performing Freedman led rabble may have cast a sterner examination upon the young lads inhabiting the rearguard, but everywhere else you cast an eye there was reason for authentic optimism.
Because in attack, well, there was much joy to be had. To analyse Jordan Rhodes' qualities is to try and teach an elderly female relative to suck animal laid, hard shell, dairy protein product, so other than to say "nice goals Jordan, please be here come Tuesday morning" we're wasting our time passing judgement on the soon to be (hopefully not imminent) Premier League bound striker.
The real, fairly drastic improvement appears to be ongoing directly behind Jordan. The trio of Josh King, David Dunn and new boy Ben Marshall were far too much for the away side to handle at times and with Tom Cairney sat behind them all in his sitting midfield role, pulling the strings like an old school Geppetto from Pinocchio, we appear to have found a purposeful way to play. Perhaps even a way that will stand us in good stead going forward into more testing fixtures (September 14th, mark your calenders boys and girls).
Josh King in particular was a revelation and if Bowyer can coax some more regular sensible decision making out of him we could have a difference maker on our hands, especially considering how useful a weapon pace can be in the English 2nd tier.
Add in the welcome and consistent support work from the bombing runs of Todd Kane and the slightly more cumbersome running of the impossibly handsome Tommy Spurr from the full back spots and we've actually got something resembling an "attack" on our hands.
Even Jason Lowe played well again. No it's not the Black Swan theory returning to Earth with furious, all conquering vengeance, it's just an indicator that with the right personnel alongside him, the increasingly maligned youth academy graduate CAN have a useful role in the side.
And if all else fails Corry Evans can have his spot, he doesn't look half bad either. Oh and he can apparently volley reasonably well too if the initial visual evidence is anything to go by.
Of course, a Blackburn Rovers performance was not without fault and where would we really be without it hey? Conceding right on the stroke of half time was both avoidable and undeserved on the balance of play and the failure to keep possession well enough after the break to in turn invite further pressure was not a welcome addition to the afternoon's entertainment.
But by and large it is hard to grumble with nine goals and six points plundered in two consecutive home games, naturally it would be remiss of us not to pay due attention to quite how ineffective Bolton were when asked to defend like a unit and outside of the Premier League calibre Chung-Yong Lee offered little to consistently worry our boys who won't and shouldn't turn down the confidence boost.
As for Gary Bowyer, well the last ten days has certainly bought him some much needed time and breathing space. There was always the lingering doubt that Venky's might do something irrational and hasty given previous form over this distance if the early season winless run continued, but two victories have put that nasty little notion to sleep - it has certainly made those calling for his head/writing him off as a failed experiment after 270 minutes of league football this season look appropriately and deservedly daft too.
In football, you're only a fortnight away from your latest crisis - we'd do well not to lose sight of that - but G-Bow has at least assembled on the surface a young side that'll give us hope and Saturday's win coupled with the Barnsley hammering should at the very least put fears that he'll join Messrs Berg and Appleton on the scrapheap to one side.