On the night that Stephen Kenny confirmed he was moving to Dunfermline, Mark Farren pounced to keep the ‘Candystripes' dream of lifting the eircom League, Premier Division, title alive.
The Donegal man scrambled home a precious goal in this year' s title race after 61 minutes and Roy O Donovan's strike just before that at Turner's Cross means that Kenny can still deliver a League Championship pennant before he departs.
Derry's win was also a timely one for them with their FAI Carlsberg Cup final appointment with St. Patrick's Athletic just a few weeks away.
Derry could well have been behind after twelve minutes when Clive Delaney, only making his first start in the league this season, fouled Saints Captain Colm Foley in the box.
Michael Foley was unable to convert the spot-kick - David Forde getting down brilliantly to his left to save.
His opposite number had to do likewise when Mark Farren curled a shot towards goal after he ran onto Gary Beckett's flick.
If Derry's dream hung by a thread they didn't show it at the beginning of the second hald and it took Pat McCourt's introduction to sting them into action.
Within seconds of coming on he had got a shot away and minutes later he set up the winner for Farren.
It wasn't pretty, but it was effectivce and the result now makes Michael Collins' decision into the pending arbitration case crucially important.