There was an interesting stat doing the rounds ahead of Saturday's clash at the Macron Stadium.
According to it, Burton Albion had given League starts to a total of four players aged 35 or above this season.
No other Championship side had started more than one.
Sometimes, that experience really counts - and the Brewers made sure it told in this crucial victory over relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers.
This was a result truly earned by every Albion player involved.
Across the field, each member of the side executed their job brilliantly.
Even late substitutes Kyle McFadzean and Sean Scannell made an impact, the former helping to repel a series of last-gasp attacks and the latter dragging the Brewers upfield when that pressure needed relieving.
But it was two of their most senior heads who typified the performance and had the most telling parts to play in only Burton's second win since mid-September.
Lloyd Dyer has a quite stunning personal record in matches with the Trotters.
This was his eighth appearance against them, and his seventh victory in that time. The other game ended in a draw.
His 23rd-minute volley was also his fourth goal in that time against Saturday's opponents.
It was the 35-year-old’s third goal of the Championship campaign, and a timely reminder of just why the Brewers always look an attacking threat with him on the field.
He had already seen a good strike saved at the near post when John Brayford's free-kick was headed out as far as the former Leicester City man, and he turned on his right leg to send a first-time effort bouncing through a glut of bodies and past the diving Ben Alnwick with his left foot.
Albion have too often been lacking that clinical eye in front of goal in recent weeks when well set in a game, but this time, Dyer provided it.
There was still 63 minutes to play, though.
If Burton were to hang on, it would be the longest they had led all season.
Step forward, Stephen Bywater.
Nigel Clough had spoken in the build-up to the game about how he felt the experienced goalkeeper - alongside Dyer, Burton’s other 35+ year old here - is currently at his peak.
Bywater certainly supported that assessment.
Called into action with not even a minute on the clock to deny Will Buckley's curling effort, the ex-Derby County stopper held everything, from two low and powerful Sammy Ameobi drives to a series of dangerous crosses, plucked commandingly out of the air above the heads of Bolton's physical attackers.
His most influential moment came just after the break.
David Wheater climbed highest at a Bolton corner and powered a header back across goal.
Bywater reacted quickly, diving to get a faint touch on the ball and knocking it onto the underside of the crossbar.
It bounced down onto the goalline, with most eyes in the Macron turning straight to referee Andrew Madley to see if goalline technology would signal the Trotters level.
But he - and the watch on his wrist - was unmoved.
The same could not be said of Bywater, nor Tom Flanagan or John Brayford, who were all quickly across to ensure Darren Pratley's close-range rebound was deflected behind for a corner.
Bywater was mobbed by his teammates after that moment, which said it all.
It was as close as the hosts would come, despite a surge of late pressure, with Burton forcing them to find a stunning long-range strike or defence-unlocking pass that was ultimately beyond them.
The Brewers, meanwhile, might have wrapped things up long before Madley's final whistle, had Marvin Sordell drilled an effort just the other side of the near post after tricking his way past Wheater.
Matt Palmer was the man to make way and drop to the bench as Albion stuck with the 4-2-3-1 formation that promised much in that Preston game.
It meant Sordell slotted in as the lone forward, with Lucas Akins moving to the right of that attacking trio behind him, Dyer on the left and Will Miller in the number 10 role.
Akins was a menace once again down the right flank, regularly beating left-back Antonee Robinson for pace and physicality.
For Miller, an afternoon-long battle with the likes of Karl Henry was not one the diminutive forward shied away from, and he continues to look an exciting prospect when in possession.
The holding midfield pair of Luke Murphy and Tom Naylor continued together at the Macron, and judging on this display, that could yet prove a crucial partnership discovery in Burton's bid for survival.
The two certainly had an important part to play here, breaking Bolton's play up in midfield and pressing them well, forcing them to go more direct.
That pushed the defensive onus onto the Brewers' back four of Brayford, Jake Buxton, Ben Turner and Flanagan, who were always likely to have a busy and bruising afternoon against the physical presence of Gary Madine, Ameobi and co.
It is a challenge Burton will always relish. Buxton was up to head every ball clear and wrestle successfully with Madine, Turner providing the tidy-up work on the ground and producing a commanding all-round defensive display.
On the right, the sight of Brayford making it through another 90 minutes was a precious sight to the 260 travelling Albion fans. His ongoing fitness is vital, a reminder of that coming midway through the first half when he got across with a perfectly-timed block to deny the breaking Ameobi in a dangerous position.
Flanagan, meanwhile, turned in one of his most assured displays of the campaign.
Tasked with marshalling Ameobi, easily Bolton's most influential player on the day, the Northern Ireland international was watchful throughout, barring one poor foul on the edge of his own box in stoppage time.
Fittingly, Burton's wall - with Flanagan a member of it - did the job of ensuring it was not a costly slip.
Burton have now lost only two of their last eight games on the road, and only runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers have kept more than their five clean sheets away from the Pirelli Stadium.
It is not hard to see why they are enjoying such success on their travels, despite all the struggles they are enduring on home soil.
Their organisation across the park is crucial, with this new shape allowing them to switch into a solid 4-5-1 out of possession, one of the central players - usually Miller or Naylor in this case - charging forward to press their opponents back.
The number of times Bolton were forced into backwards passes all the way to keeper Alnwick was noticeable - as were the shouts of frustration from the home fans that met those passes.
But there was no sense of Albion merely accepting a one-goal lead.
Sordell was played clear from Flanagan's brilliant pass down the line around the hour mark, with the former Bolton man ghosting past Wheater only to find the sidenetting as he looked to fire past Alnwick.
Turner was agonisingly denied at the back post from successive Brewers corners as well. Set pieces will always remain a good opportunity for this Albion team, as Dyer's match-winning volley from Brayford's free-kick showed.
One-nil will do nicely for the Brewers though, just as it did at Millwall last month.
Burton followed that win by taking only one point from their next five matches.
They cannot afford a repeat of that form this time.
They will know that, and recognise the importance of putting together a positive run over the festive period if they are to nudge themselves out of the bottom three, having leapfrogged Bolton and jumped up to 22nnd after this victory.
For now, though, they can reflect on a team job well done and making an important statement against one of their relegation rivals.
It is an experience they will have to draw on in the coming weeks.