It had to end eventually and, finally, it has. Fernando Torres' 24 game goal drought is over, after he netted twice in Chelsea's win over Leicester City.
A place in the semi-final of the FA Cup now belongs to Chelsea, but seeing Torres score for the first time in 152 days was arguably a greater cause for celebration for the Blues.
Gary Cahill opened the scoring for the home side in the first-half, and revealed a touching tribute to former Bolton teammate Fabrice Muamba, who remains in a critical condition following a cardiac arrest on Saturday.
Salomon Kalou made the score 2-0 before half-time, holding off his marker and turning home after Torres had done the leg work.
Torres then got reward for his industry; scuffing a finish past Kasper Schmeichel shortly after the hour to end 1541 minutes of toiling in front of goal.
When Leicester appeared to be down and out Jermaine Beckford pulled goal back, but Torres had the wind in his sails and headed in from a Raul Meireles cross with three minutes remaining.
There was still time for Leicester to score again - Ben Marshall finding the net with an unstoppable strike from distance to register the goal of the afternoon.
Torres then had the opportunity to record a hat-trick, but unselfishly found Meireles, who added a fifth for Chelsea as the match neared its conclusion.