Both the first and the most recent matches of Dan McFarland's reign as Ulster head coach ended in the same high drama - a Dublin-born goal-kicker bisecting the posts with the clock gone red to complete a come-from-behind victory over Edinburgh.
Given the symmetry, the transformation of mindset between is quite remarkable.
For years, Ulster were viewed from the outside as a team with a soft underbelly - last summer's signing from Munster, Bill Johnston, confirming as much when revealing the southern province used to say all you had to was give them enough rope to hang themselves - and McFarland's first task upon inheriting what at the time looked an unenviable job in the summer of 2018 was to bring about a change in mindset.
There is little doubt that Saturday's semi-final win - just the third ever won away from home in the PRO14 - would have been beyond any recent Ulster vintage.
Even last May, with McFarland already eight months into the culture change so evident here in Murrayfield, the coach recalled the 2018/19 final four clash with Glasgow by reflecting that his squad had been knocked over by the first wave and regathered their feet only when it was far, far too late.
And yet, to book their place in this weekend's final against Leinster in the Aviva Stadium, they have had to overcome non-existent form after stumbling out of lockdown, the absence of the captain Iain Henderson, the substitution of their talisman John Cooney at half-time and twice seeming dead and buried when down by 12 points.
For all the 22-19 scoreline - the same, incidentally, as when these two sides met in a Heineken Cup semi-final eight years ago - will be remembered for the sight of Ian Madigan arms aloft after the game-winner in what was just his third Ulster appearance, it was the minutes before that embodied what the coach alls the 'fight for every inch' mantra.
Whether it be his stand-in skipper, Billy Burns, scrambling back in defence to intercept a pass that would have made it 19-0, Sean Reidy tirelessly working through an excellent 20 minutes off the bench having not played for more than six months, the pack finally wearing down Edinburgh's resistance with two maul scores after repeated set-backs, or the work done to protect the ball in the frantic end-game by Kieran Treadwell, this was a big finish set-up by little moments.
"We talked all week about the fact that if we wanted to win this game, nothing would be given to us, only taken," said McFarland afterwards. "If we were going to win, we had to take it, and we had to approach the game in the sense that it had to be us that went out and won it. Sure enough, in that first-half Edinburgh gave us nothing."
With that first-half offering such a dispiriting continuation of the side's disjointed showings since rugby's restart three weekends ago, the only solace at the turn will have been to only be trailing by five.
There was no doubt that Edinburgh possessed the more impactful players in the opening 40 and, when Richard Cockerill's side bagged the first score of the second-half to make it 12-0, even those brave enough to have backed the northern province as six-point underdogs before kick-off must have felt the race was run.
Rob Lyttle's fine score was cancelled out almost immediately by Chris Dean, the flicker of hope so brief it was almost imperceptible. And yet, instead of sending Edinburgh through to face back-to-back champions Leinster, it proved to be only the start of the story.
As Ulster altered their style, the severity of their situation leaving no choice but to open it up, the freedom they found on the edges proved fruitful.
The shift in mental approach, though, was just as important as any change of tactics.
"Things weren't sitting right and sometimes you need to make a change and see how things go with that," added McFarland, who brought on Alby Mathewson and Mike Lowry at half-time. "But it's also a lot to do with our mindset going into the second-half as well, particularly when things started going against us.
"When we started to turn it around in the way that we played, it suited us much better. We started to look a little more ambitious, which is more like us.
"We had to up it in terms of our mental approach and, once things started clicking, we looked a lot better. Sometimes cohesiveness takes time.
"I would have liked it a little bit earlier, like kick-off against Connacht, but it doesn't really matter now. We've won the semi-final."
The even bigger challenge, of course, comes on Saturday. By overcoming Munster in the Aviva on Friday night, Leinster made it 22 from 22 in this stretched season, with Leo Cullen's side having beaten their northern neighbours six times in knock-out games over the past 10 seasons.
"It doesn't matter who we are, no-one will give us a chance against Leinster" said McFarland.
"But we'll come up with a game plan we hope will work and we'll give it a shot.
"There's not many teams that find success against them. It's going to take another huge effort.
"We'll have a look at the way we've played against them (in the past). We'll have a particular way that we want to play and we'll see if we can implement it.
"We took a step forward in the second-half there, with less errors and looking more like ourselves, but to win in Dublin next week we'll take a giant step."