If fortune has hidden all too often for West Ham this season, one player who has never flinched from the task of trying to keep the club in the Premiership is Carlos Tevez.
The Argentine has not had an easy time of it since he was parachuted into the club with Javier Mascherano in August.
West Ham's signing of Tevez and Mascherano is now the subject of a Premier League charge and could yet see the club deducted points - if found guilty.
Mascherano barely played for West Ham before he moved to Liverpool and it took until March for Tevez to score his first goal for the club.
Yet amid all those problems Tevez has been one of West Ham's few effective performers this season.
Watching Tevez in television clips from South America and in the 2006 World Cup it was clear that here was a player of audacious skill.
What never really came across was Tevez's spirit.
Who would have thought it - the flamboyant, diminutive, bad-boy of Argentine football leading by example as the rest of his colleagues floundered with West Ham sinking ever deeper into the relegation mire.
When overseas players started to arrive in England's top flight managers all too often posed the question: but can they do it on a rainy night in Blackburn?
Tevez can and did. With 19 minutes remaining on Saturday at Ewood Park, West Ham were losing 1-0 and were all but relegated.
Prior to going behind Tevez had been West Ham's best player by some margin and as the second half progressed he showed no sign of losing that tag.
Great ball control, aggression, imaginative runs, Tevez delivered a masterclass in the art of forward play.
His trickery won West Ham's penalty as Tevez was upended by Brett Emerton and the Argentine's penalty technique was nothing short of exemplary as he equalised.
Tevez even had a hand - shades of Maradona in 1986 here - in West Ham's controversial winner.
After scoring that controversial goal against England the then Argentina captain described it as "un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios", which translates as "a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God".
On Saturday Tevez proved he was capable of thinking on his feet.
When the ball hit him on the line in an offside position, rather than look across to the assistant referee in a guilty fashion, he put his arm up and began to celebrate wildly. Who knows, perhaps that subconsciously affected the linesman?