Holloway's mission impossible?
Bloomfield Road's first top-tier game in 39 years - graced by England coach Fabio Capello on what may just have been the Italian's first visit to this seaside resort - was never designed as a day for understatement.
And so it proved as a vibrant, tangerine-splashed occasion started with the match programme describing Blackpool's ascent to the Premier League as "the biggest fairytale in modern British football history".
It concluded with Seasiders' manager Ian Holloway, having watched his charges earn a point against Fulham that was the very least they deserved, claiming he has "an almost impossible job" attempting to keep the club in the Premier League, suggesting he needs to sign "at least eight" players before Tuesday's transfer deadline.
The truth, as is usual in most of these cases, resides somewhere in between. As the top flight made a belated return to a Bloomfield Road ground unrecognisable from the one it left behind when Manchester United drew 1-1 here in May 1971, this was a day for a team and a town's pride to be put on public display.
Holloway's feat in guiding Blackpool out of the Championship after they started the 2009/10 season as relegation favourites elevated him forever above his previous public image of a manager with a ready soundbite and a quirky line in humour.
And while his after-match analysis mixed comedy, desperation, elation and frustration - crammed into about 90 seconds in one segment - Holloway's team spoke eloquently on his behalf.
Bobby Zamora's headed first-half goal threatened to spoil the celebrations on this landmark day until Blackpool's endeavour and attractive approach was rewarded with John Pantsil's own goal 19 minutes from time.
Bloomfield Road was spruced up and bedecked in an explosion of tangerine shirts and balloons. And the new East Stand vindicated all the Health and Safety inspections as it literally shook and then stood firm amid the volcanic reaction to Luke Varney's goal that had Blackpool dreaming of victory until Dickson Etuhu's late equaliser.
It made it a respectable start of four points from three games for Blackpool, leaving Holloway to insist - but presumable not actually mean - that: "These might be the only four points we get but I don't care."
On this evidence, even a flawed tipster such as myself will happily predict they may add to their tally before season's end. Reality dictates that Blackpool's lack of experience and pedigree at this level will result in some dark days - of the sort they suffered in the 6-0 loss at Arsenal - but it is already clear how Holloway will approach the task.
The Tangerines treasured possession throughout and it was fitting that Varney, their outstanding player barely a day after walking through the door on loan from Derby, was the central figure in both goals.
Sadly, Blackpool's passing principles deserted them briefly to allow Fulham to fashion that late equaliser. But when Holloway reflects on the performance, he will realise his job, while hugely challenging, may not be impossible. Why should they simply regard promotion as the start of the road to relegation, even though many of us have predicted that fate for them?
They already have a hard luck story to tell. Referee Mike Oliver was generous to deem Varney's challenge on Cottagers keeper David Stockdale as a foul, therefore denying Elliott Grandin a goal.
Blackpool are operating within well-chronicled financial restrictions that have handicapped Holloway's recruitment process and may well inflict fatal damage to their prospects of survival, but nothing has dimmed the enthusiasm of their supporters and the resolve of their manager.
Holloway admits reinforcements must arrive before Tuesday or there may be trouble ahead, saying: "The chairman keeps saying 'hold your nerve, hold your nerve.' Well, I'm holding it but is there any chance of the cavalry coming over the hill?"
In the absence of these reinforcements, Charlie Adam will be the creative force, as he was in the Championship, while goalkeeper Matt Gilks will get plenty of opportunities to burnish his growing reputation.
Holloway was correct to suggest his Seasiders occasionally betray the uncertainties and lack of confidence of a team finding their feet at a rarified level. Some uncertainties can be banished and confidence injected after performances of this standard.
The questions will become more searching as Blackpool drive further into this Premier League campaign. Can they maintain the composure they showed for long periods here? Can Varney continue to produce at this elevated level? Will flaws be further exposed as the pressure mounts?
All questions to be answered another day but, as Blackpool's fans revelled in the return of elite football to Bloomfield Road, it is clear - as with nearby Burnley last season - they are intent on enjoying every second of the Premier League experience.
Zamora heads Fulham in front. Photo: Getty Images
Holloway will try to ensure lessons are learned after their lead was squandered carelessly late on but there was much to admire in Blackpool's approach that must not be overshadowed by the late concession of a point.
And if they can target wins against teams that will make up the mini-league around them near the bottom the table, then last season's defiance of the odds in winning promotion may yet be repeated.
For Fulham and new manager Mark Hughes, there was some good fortune in claiming a draw but there will also be satisfaction in taking a second point on their travels this season and moving some way towards curing the failings away from home that have dogged them in recent campaigns.
Zamora was a constant threat until departing injured and Moussa Dembele created both goals in impressive fashion, while the resilience and organisation put in place by former boss Roy Hodgson will stand Hughes in good stead as he makes his own adjustments.
Hughes's record suggests he is a sound choice as Hodgson's successor and the early signs are that Fulham have recovered from the departure of the manager who took them to the Europa League final.
Blackpool's big day could - and should - have been celebrated with victory - but the fact that they came so close should be a source of hope for Holloway as he takes the next step of his so-called 'Mission Impossible' at Newcastle United in a fortnight.