It was Australia's batsmen who set up their crushing victory over England at Emirates Old Trafford, giving the tourists a 1-0 lead with three to play - starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
But Johnson was no slouch either as he undermined England's reply to 315 for seven with a 90mph-plus new-ball spell, and he could easily have been better rewarded than by figures of two for 36.
The brute of a delivery he produced to dismiss Jonathan Trott for a duck was a notable shot across England's boughs, and a far cry from some of the hapless displays which have interspersed the left-armer's career.
In Ashes series, although conspicuously not in Perth in 2010/11, Johnson has often under-performed - to the delight of Englishmen in the crowd, who have made it their business to lampoon him.
His team-mate Adam Voges nonetheless believes that these days, Johnson can feed off the mockery and turn the tables.
"The crowd don't miss him, do they?" he asked.
"Every opportunity they get, even when we were up in Scotland, they didn't miss him up there either.
"But I actually think he relishes it."
The indications so far are certainly that Johnson, left out of Australia's Ashes squad this summer, is capable of making a major impact in the ongoing one-day international series.
"He's been outstanding," added Voges.
"When you're bowling 90mph-plus and swinging the ball, I think that's a challenge for any batsman - no matter who you are.
"If he can do that consistently throughout this series, then I hope that will go a long way towards us winning it."