It is heartening to see Andrew Higginson finally making some progress some 11 years into his professional career.
He was relegated from the main tour two years ago having enjoyed little success - just one appearance in the last 48 of a ranking event.
But Higginson carried on, finished second in the Pontin's International Open Series, and is now a man reborn.
The 29 year-old from Widnes beat Jimmy White and Steve Davis en route to the last 16 of this season's Malta Cup and last night came from 3-0 down to beat John Higgins 5-3 and reach the same stage of the Welsh Open in Newport, describing it as "without a shadow of a doubt the best victory of my career."
Higginson used to practice at Widnes Snooker Centre but left for the perfectly good reason that it burned down.
He himself has now risen from the ashes of disappointment and frustration that is common currency for the circuit's journeymen fighting it out at the qualifiers.
Higginson could easily have given up the sport when things were going badly so his determination and sheer effort in achieving success should be applauded.
He's worked hard for his day in the sun and is sure to enjoy it.