If Marcus Evans’ commitment to the club was questionable after a failure to release funds, his determination to hold on to a prize asset spoke volumes about his intentions.
David McGoldrick’s absence from the match day squad at Derby County, albeit cited as an injury, had looked ominous.
But as the transfer window clock ticked down on Monday, no news was good news as last season’s top scorer remained an Ipswich player.
Outsiders will look at the reported £7 million bid from Leicester City and say we should have snapped it up for a player who cost us nothing and is still coming back from a serious injury.
But while it undoubtedly made good financial sense, there would have been no time to bring in a permanent replacement to an already paper-thin squad for a player who is currently our sole creative spark.
The rejection of a reported £2.5m bid from Crystal Palace for Tyrone Mings was a bit different.
Jonathan Parr looks capable of keeping him out of the side, though Mings undoubtedly has potential.
However, I would have taken that kind of money — nearly what Aaron Cresswell fetched.
Frank Nouble’s late exit, on loan to Coventry, proved to be the only business on deadline day and it was obvious it was not working.
The 1-1 draw at Derby, which saw Teddy Bishop’s debut, was a good result against a strong side.
It now sends us into the international break a bit more optimistic we are returning to Mick’s miserly side of last season.
Meanwhile, at the other end, surely either of free agents Darren Ambrose or Jack Collison could do a job for us? They could be just what we need.
n Blues stat: Defender Christophe Berra’s goal at Derby was his third from the opening five league games. He did not manage one in 154 appearances at Wolves.