In the space of 90 minutes, Dundee’s Championship title charge was transformed from faltering to flying.
And it’s on weekends like this one where titles are often decided.
With all the cards stacked in their favour, Hamilton Accies could well have stretched their lead at the top to 11 points.
And with Dundee behind at the break, it wasn’t far off being on the cards.
But with Alloa doing the business at Recreation Park, the Dark Blues turned things around in the second-half to reduce Accies’ lead to just five points.
Goals from a Morton old boy and Dundee’s newest boy secured the three points at Dens Park on Saturday.
Peter MacDonald, top scorer this season, bagged a brace in the second 45 and strike partner Craig Beattie, making just his third start in dark blue opened his account cracking home what, on this performance, looks to be the first of many.
It wasn’t all rosy for John Brown’s men though, because despite a bright opening, they fell behind with the game 23 minutes old.
A Dougie Imrie corner from the right was precise but Tomas Pecier’s run was timed to perfection the defender nodding home powerfully from six yards.
Dundee’s brightest moment of the half came from the right boot of Beattie his curling effort from 30 yards was tipped over by the scrambling Nicolas Caraux.
Clearly riled, the manager sent out Dundee early for the second half, a good five minutes before the visitors.
And with the manager’s words ringing in their ears, the hosts took it up a notch. The two 45s were like chalk and cheese.
A minute in, Ryan Conroy’s cross from the right was missed by Beattie but returned back into the area by Jim McAlister.
A deft flick on by Declan Gallagher found MacDonald, who stabbed home to level.
Nicky Riley then missed a gilt-edged chance to edge Dundee in front but made amends laying on MacDonald’s second.
His pinpoint cross was smashed in by MacDonald knee over the ball, on the volley it was a true No 9’s finish.
Beattie, still clearly not fit, showed just why Dundee gave him a contract on the break, he jinked in from the left, took his time but, instead of bursting the net, he rattled the Shankly crossbar.
On 71 minutes, though, he got the goal his performance deserved Riley’s blocked shot fell kindly to him and from six yards he made no mistake.
Archie Campbell could have made it interesting but missed an open goal, while MacDonald missed two clear-cut chances to take home the match ball.
All in all it was by far Dundee’s most complete performance of the season.
They looked a class act in the final third.
Staring down the barrel at the start of the weekend, they now look a side more than capable of overhauling the gap by Christmas.
The Championship is a cutthroat division. Teams will take points off each other.
Come May, if Gav Rae has his hands on the trophy, it’ll be to weekends like this where Hamilton will look back with regret.