Timo Werner scored a Premier League goal for the first time in 100 days and 1000 minutes of football.
Much has been made of the international drought of Germany over the winter months in front of the goal, and there is no doubt that his problems played a role in the fall down the table by the Blues.
But after his goal against Newcastle on Monday capped another promising display, Werner and Chelsea are now back in the top four and very much in their own hands with Champions League qualification.
Werner’s last league goal before tonight came back against Sheffield United on November 7, and he took an additional 31 shots before bundling the ball in from a corner at the back post six minutes before half-time here.
While it was not the prettiest target of his career, when he replaced Frank Lampard, having the 24-year-old back shooting was part of Thomas Tuchel’s mandate, and the early signs indicate that Werner is getting back to his best.
In the recent 2-1 victory over Sheffield United, he played a major role in both goals, and even before finding the net against the Magpies, he had proved a hazard that the visitors struggled to deal with.
Perhaps his most eye-catching moment of the night came when he set up the opener for Olivier Giroud, with Werner’s direct run to the left leaving Emil Krafth for dead before Karl Darlow turned his powered cross into Giroud’s path.
Although it will not go down as a direct aid, when the seven penalties he has won are taken into account, it was yet again proof of the all-around skills he has already set nine goals this term.
For Werner to be their prime assistant-maker, though, Chelsea did not pay £ 47.5 million ($ 66m).