Spurs boss Juande Ramos and his triumphant players demonstrated the power of positive thinking with a Carling Cup final victory that was richly deserved.
Chelsea were scrappy, negative and stuck in their shell apart from the last 15 minutes, when Spurs were finally spooked by the notion that they might actually claim the trophy.
Spurs, in sharp contrast, were vibrant and set about Chelsea in a manner that suggested they were not going to die wondering what might have been.
Almost from Juliano Belletti's calamitous first touch that presented a chance to Robbie Keane, Spurs were the team with the intent, the ideas and the drive.
If the attitudes of the teams reflected their managers, Ramos comfortably outmanoeuvred the inertia of Avram Grant.
Chelsea, the team and their supporters, were subdued throughout and it was only a basic fighting instinct of players such as Petr Cech, John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho that kept them in the game until extra-time.
Grant claimed there was a period before and after half-time when Chelsea dominated.
I have to confess I must have missed that portion of the game because all I saw was a team that was a shadow of the winning machine forged under Jose Mourinho.
Spurs, with Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King a formidable foundation, were urgent, if not always inspired.
Steed Malbranque and Aaron Lennon were busy, while Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane were always threatening.
Didier Zokora should have prevented the need for extra-time, but the anxious wait appeared to make the win even sweeter for the Spurs hordes, who provided the sort of backing their team deserved.
Ramos has beefed up this Spurs side and made them contenders by making the signing Martin Jol should have made in the summer - namely a defensive commander such as Woodgate.
He was magnificent, and with the winning goal to add to his defensive display, it was the perfect day for this talented, but injury-plagued individual.
Chelsea were simply not good enough. They never got on top of the game and inspiration from Grant and his henchman Henk ten Cate was in short supply from the touchline.
Didier Drogba may be an almighty pain with his theatrics and his finger-wagging, but at least he turned up and had go - unlike some others.
Frank Lampard looked way off the pace, and it was a surprise when he was left on and Michael Essien removed from the action.
And for Grant to complain about refereeing, including what he clearly regarded as the unhelpful and rather inconvenient timing of the final whistle, was both churlish and self-deluding.
Spurs have come a long way since the accident-prone days of early season under Jol.
A defence that resembled little more than an open goal was defiance itself in a frantic finish, while the much-criticised keeper Paul Robinson made up for questionable positioning on Drogba's goal with fine saves from Joe Cole and Salomon Kalou.
Some say the Carling Cup is a lesser trophy - don't tell that to the Spurs fans, players and officials as they celebrated wildly at the final whistle.
This can be the starting point for big things under a manager in Ramos who is positive, tactically aware and has a very happy knack of winning trophies.
It is onwards and upwards for Spurs - we must wait to see if it is the same for Grant after this damaging defeat.