The last time Bayern Munich visited St Jakob Park in Basel, they left licking the wounds inflicted by a 1-0 defeat. Schalke emerged with a victory by the same scoreline on Tuesday night, though a 100% record in the Champions League masks problems that Jens Keller still has to iron out, not the least of which is the club's sickening teal kit.
"It's not self-evident that you come here and win. Now we have to take that self-confidence into the Bundesliga, and if we do that, this win will be doubly important," goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand said as he prepared to board the team coach after seeing Julian Draxler pull Schalke - and perhaps Keller - out of the fire.
The coach's Klopp-esque fist-pumping on the sidelines immediately after the final whistle in Switzerland was not only born of joy; there was more than a dash of relief in there too.
It's hardly surprising given the team's start to the league season which has left them three points above the relegation play-off place, but the victory in Basel was more down to a twist of fate - or rather Jefferson Farfan's groin - and the brilliance of Draxler.
Keller's choice of starting without a recognised striker sat uncomfortably before kick-off, and it was lounging on a bed of nails for the opening half hour. With Kevin-Prince Boateng the most advanced of a clutch of attacking midfielders in a mish-mash 4-2-3-1-cum-4-4-2 with Max Meyer pushing up alongside the tattooed Ghanaian, Schalke were as dangerous as a teething toddler and about as steady on their feet.
As soon as Farfan's left groin twinged, Adam Szalai's arrival pushed Boateng back into a more solid 4-2-3-1 and gave the side much better balance.
Keller would no doubt argue luck, this time of the bad sort for Farfan, is an essential ingredient to any successful coach, and he also had the fortune - of the good sort this time - to have Draxler on his side.
Hailed as a 'Megatalent' by the Basel press pre-match, the 20-year-old justified that strapline with two pieces of breathtaking brilliance. The sharpest of Cruyff turns led to the cross that was headed out to Roman Neustaeder to strike the bar before Draxler himself half-volleyed home from outside the box with balletic elegance.
Having seen him in the Champions League last season and this, as well as numerous times in the Bundesliga, I am still to be convinced Draxler is not the biggest talent in German football.
That is only going to be of benefit to Schalke (for as long as they hold on to him), but the prodigy needs other issues to be resolved if his talent is not to be wasted. There was a curious episode in the first half when Felipe Santana had to yell at Benedikt Hoewedes to drop back to take a short goal-kick from Hildebrand, just a week after the Schalke captain had berated his goalkeeper for clearing the ball long.
It was not the only moment of the game in which the pair looked like they were having problems understanding each other and perhaps provides an explanation - in part - for Schalke's defensive frailty this season.
While communication in central defence is more dial-up modem than broadband, Dennis Aogo's display spoke volumes about his own shortcomings. The summer arrival from Hamburg was worryingly found wanting as the pace of Basel's Mohamed Salah frequently proved too much for the Germany international, who was booked for a desperate tug of the fleet-footed Egyptian's shirt.
While Salah may make a mockery of the status of more than one international defender this season, it was hardly the advert Aogo would have wished Joachim Loew to see with the left-back berth in the Nationalmannschaft still far from pinned down.
Though he has been given a 'Denkpause' (one of those wonderful German compound nouns that translates as 'a pause for thought') by Schalke, Jermaine Jones was badly missed alongside Neustaedter in front of the back four. Marco Hoeger is purely a defensive, defensive midfielder, leaving Neustaedter with too much to do in building play from the back as well as trying to push forward.
Jones, despite his shortcomings, offers just as much as Hoeger defensively and so much more going forward with even the American international's distribution under-rated. How long can Schalke afford to give him a break?
Ian Holyman | @ian_holyman