The more this intriguing season twists and turns, the more the mind wonders back to another belligerent side we grew to adore.
As we hung on for a wonderful away day in Blackburn, it was hard not to think of the embryonic outfit Mick McCarthy assembled in 2006.
Unfashionable, uncompromising and unshakable in the very games that most expected us to lose.
After a sobering Crystal Palace home reversal followed by injuries to Peszko, Doyle and Sigurdason, many would have taken a point at Ewood Park today, just like they would have six years ago in a game at Leeds United.
In equally emphatic style on the other side of the Pennines this time, Bakary Sako was imitating Jay Bothroyd with an absolute belter late in the game to seal three points that no team will work harder for this weekend.
As unpredictable as he is unstoppable, the Frenchman’s cult status grows at a speed proportionate to his Exocet that snorted past Danny Murphy’s nose.
We all know where our 2006 vintage finished come 46 games and with Solbakken working with this battle scarred squad – beset by injuries at that – we’d surely grab a fifth placed finish again if offered it now?
If we can eek out results like this until Christmas and give Stale some meaningful cash to spend in January, then maybe we can aim higher still?
With our Norwegian leader bereft of all but two of his summer signings today, every ounce of his nous was needed to record an away triumph, not to mention a clean sheet with a defence so porous before his arrival.
We appeared to be the side doing all the pressing in the first half and were thoroughly good value for the 0-0 half time score.
Had Ebanks-Blake not headed against a post from six yards when unmarked, it could have been even better.
The second half bore the hallmarks of a home side being scolded for not grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck.
Time and again Rovers pressed, only for Johnson and Berra to repel the bombardment with braveheart defiance.
And just when we were being pushed to the point of breaking point, an overhit back pass presented us with an unlikely corner.
When it eventually fell to the royal boot of our Saint Etienne hero, a Skud was dispatched to seal our 17th, 18th and 19th points of the season.
That’s four more than 2006 if memory serves.
Our new signing David Warrington, who hasn’t missed a single Wolves game since 1995 is now offering weekly player ratings from each game (out of 10), starting with our glorious Ewood Park victory, so over to Dave:
Carl Ikeme 7
What he did he did well, no saves to make so that means a seven.
Richard Stearman 7
Injury summed up game – committed and brave. Subbed.
Stephen Ward 7
Steady performance. Calm.
Christophe Berra 9
Man of the Match! Loved his tussle with Rhodes, flawless game.
Roger Johnson 8
Just pipped by Berra. Huge game, won everything.
Kevin Foley 7
Played in 3 positions and assured in each one (R/B, R/M and C/M).
Karl Henry 7
So important to us. Kasim-Richards got him booked after shoving him in face!
Tongo Doumbia 7
Looks to be carrying a knock but good. Played more advanced role.
David Davis 7
Good first half but faded.
Bakary Sako 7
His goal was brilliant, worth an 8 alone, but going on his general play.
Sylvan Ebanks Blake 7
Should have scored in first half but worked his socks off alone.
Anthony Forde 6
Could have scored twice, should have squared to Zubar to win 2-0.
Ronald Zubar 5
Kept giving the ball away. Shadow of old Zubar
Protected back 4 when coming on, couple of good clearances. No mark as only on a couple of mins.