Steve McClaren enjoyed the rare luxury of a relaxing night watching his England side produce a professional and highly-competent display to beat Estonia in Tallinn.
McClaren has had a torrid first season in charge, and rightly so given the wretched nature of England's performances under a coach who was an underwhelming choice to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Nothing, however, but credit can be aimed in the direction of McClaren and his players after they consumately dispatched a desperately limited Estonia side.
It is, however, a credit that must be placed firmly in context.
Let's not hear too many champagne corks popping.
This was Estonia, who were given a build-up that was hilariously hyped given the small matter of them not actually being able to score a goal in their Euro 2008 campaign so far.
They were almost unspeakably poor, Conference standard at best, but for McClaren and England it was a case of job done and on to the stiffer challenges ahead.
And even those of us who disagree with the recall of David Beckham, on principle after McClaren made such a landmark moment of his exclusion, must praise the former captain's performance.
Beckham enjoyed the sort of space he will never get against more serious opposition, but he delivered every time and that is always a perfect counter to any criticism.
He produced quality delivery throughout and two trademark crosses to set up second half goals for Peter Crouch and Michael Owen.
Beckham was England's best player - no argument.
The true test of this Beckham renaissance, however, will come once he is plying his trade in a lesser league before confronting quality sides such as Croatia and Russia at international level.
I still remain unconvinced about whether he will produce for England once he is in semi-retirement in America, but this is an argument for another day, and for now Beckham deserves the plaudits he will get.
McClaren was cagey about whether Beckham would be in his next squad, but there seems no way he will leave him out, despite the fact that he will lack serious football combat in Los Angeles.
One question now lurks at the back of the mind.
Will Beckham regret his decision to forsake the cutting edge of European football to throw in his lot with a country that has hardly taken the game to its heart and lacks quality players?
Beckham was the catalyst for all England's good things, and combined with the hard work of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, plus the threat of Owen and Crouch, it was all too much for Estonia.
The result was everything in Tallinn - anything less would have signalled the end of McClaren's reign.
But England's approach and professionalism ensured there was never any danger of that, so McClaren deserves his respite before the pressure is cranked up again for the visit of Israel to Wembley in September.
The other good news for McClaren was the return to goalscoring form of Owen, who will feel a whole lot better for hitting the target after the break.
Owen lives for goals and has been England's most reliable marksman for years - anything that improves his fitness, form and confidence is welcome.
England and McClaren can take stock of an eventful 12 months and gather their thoughts for the Euro 2008 campaign's resumption in September.
And the fact that they can do it on the back of a comfortable victory is good news all round.