Lovie Smith unveiled the biggest smile we've seen since he arrived in Tampa almost two years ago.
For a man who epitomizes stoicism, the Buccaneers head coach seemed a bit out of character.
But that's the look of a person who just had a two-ton weight lifted off his back.
The Bucs' 26-19 victory over the Saints on Sunday was more than just your run of the mill win for the beleaguered coach.
Lovie did it his way. He won with LovieBall in getting his first win over an NFC South team.
The defense was dominant with three take-aways, four sacks and and five forced fumbles, the running game did enough to give rookie quarterback Jameis Winston time to operate efficiently, and Winston did enough to justify Lovie's confidence in him.
The special teams didn't have Devin Hester returning punts, but it did enough to remind us that this is one of Lovie's pet projects -- and that Bobby Rainey is not too bad.
"I told you so," are the words Lovie could've shouted from the rooftop.
This victory silenced Lovie's critics. Time will tell whether he picks up supporters, but the moments following the game belonged to him.
Lovie took some heat for bringing in those Chicago imports who helped him during his nine-year reign as the Bears head coach.
He was vindicated by safety Chris Conte and defensive lineman Henry Melton. Lovie needed someone to show his players how important it is to always be running to the ball, and those two came through late in the fourth quarter with Conte forcing a Mark Ingram
fumble and Melton landing on the ball inches before he slid out of bounds.
"The first thing we talk about us playing hard," Smith said. "If Henry Melton hadn't been running to the football that wouldn't have happened. Our players are saying that's the culture that we have around here, but you need to see it."
This game was about Lovie and his reclamation projects: Conte, Jacquies Smith, Melton, to name a few. He believed in them and they showed their appreciation.
Conte's NFL career reads like a medical chart replete with concussions, shoulder, eye and back injuries, just for starters.
Bears fans couldn't wait to see him get out of town. Lovie Smith couldn't wait to grab him up. The coach heard things that endeared the 26-year-old to his heart.
"I'd rather have the experience of playing in the NFL and die 10 to 15 years earlier than not play in the NFL and have a long life," Conte told the Chicago Bears flagship radio station last March.
While others might have snickered, Lovie saw a guy who could bring some much-needed intensity to a team that too many times last year looked disinterested.
Smith drafted Conte and Melton when he was in Chicago. They were the kind of guys who are willing to play LovieBall, which is not for everyone.
He saw the same thing in Dallas-born Jacquies Smith in part because Lovie admits he is partial to football players who were raised in Texas.
At 6-2, 260, Jacquies Smith was deemed too small play defensive end in the NFL and and an assortment of injuries his senior year at Missouri left him undrafted. He bounced around on four teams in three years, including a brief stint in the Canadian Football League, then he was without a team at all until Lovie signed him last year.
Now he leads the NFL in sacks.
Only in America, you say?
Only in Lovieland. It was great place to be last Sunday.
Now on to Houston and J.J. Watt.