All's well that ends well. Celtic finally snagged three points at St Mirren when Gary Hooper prodded the ball into the net in injury time amid riotous celebrations. Neil Lennon ended his Sunday afternoon blowing a kiss to a loved one as his side gave the home team what must have felt like a Glasgow kiss deep into injury time.
Celtic remain one point behind Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, and all appears bright in their manager's world. For now, at least.
Witnessing an afternoon pass off without the crackling Lenny involved in some sort of mischief was almost as astonishing as catching former Happy Mondays front man Shaun Ryder and his cracking gnashers go skydiving last night on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Bizarre times indeed on a happy Monday for the Celtic manager.
Lennon's chummy handshake with referee Iain Brines at full-time already seems like one for the scrapbook.
All this could be portrayed as the calm before the storm with Lennon poised to dust off his duelling pistols for a series of impending confrontations with the Scottish Football Association.
Whether or not Lennon has delivered on his plans to bring the 'thunder' back to Celtic Park, the inflamed Northern Irishman has certainly managed to get off a few lightning strikes at officialdom.
In the search for peace in our time in an exhaustive stand-off between Celtic and the SFA that is set to be played out among the governing body's fabled committees, a Christmas Truce may be the best hope.
Ahead of a weekend laced with world heavyweight boxing that saw Audley Harrison clobbered by David Haye in the third round, round three of Neil Lennon versus Scotland's referees concluded with the Celtic manager being bundled up the tunnel after a verbal joust with a fourth official at Tynecastle Park last Wednesday.
Lennon's outbursts have carried as much sting as Haye's hooks.
All was quiet on the home front at St Mirren's quaint stadium, refreshingly so with a minute's silence to honour the dead on Remembrance Sunday solemnly observed after those gruesome flags of protest a week ago, but something is stirring alright.
Like James Brown being led away at the end of a concert, Lennon ricocheted back without his cape to deliver a withering verdict on Craig Thomson's performance at Tynecastle. Lennon felt Thomson had wrongly sent off Joe Ledley before denying his side a penalty in a 2-0 loss to Hearts.
"They keep getting big decisions wrong as far as I'm concerned. And game-changing decisions as well," carped Lennon. "Craig Thomson's supposed to be one of the best in the country. It doesn't say a lot for the rest if that's the case."
Lennon intends to appeal the two-match ban which accompanies being sent to the stands. "I'll defend my position, and make an appeal," said Lennon.
Willie Collum, Dougie McDonald and Thomson are among a growing list of referees who have been publicly shunned by Lennon, while a linesman, Steven Craven, has chucked it amid scenes that do not exactly uphold the Corinthian spirit.
Where is this all going to end, one wonders? With referee heads on platters? Or perhaps this hardy band of officials could be paraded publicly around Hampden Park admitting referees had it in for Celtic all along? Is any of this leading to the Palace of Wisdom?
Perhaps not as loaded as the 13 days in October of the Cuban Missile Crisis, these haggard past 23 days in October and November have encouraged the launching of a variety of verbal grenades.
These are only nibbles ahead of a banquet of 25 days in November and December when Lennon could be forced to justify his behaviour on several separate occasions. Lennon may become so familiar at the SFA that they could yet reserve a tankard for him over at their place before asking the Celtic manager: "Same again?"
He will be forced to explain comments made after the match against Hearts, and could be penalised for the manner in which he celebrated Celtic's winner at Dundee United after irking some local bobbies.
He is unlikely to turn up waving a white handkerchief. Both parties want answers. It must be said that the Celtic manager and a teeming Tynecastle have never been natural bedfellows.
Hearts's diehards may not quite be Rangers supporters without a bus ticket, but are known to have a loathing for all things Celtic.
In this sort of vitriolic atmosphere, it was hardly surprising that Lennon seemed to end Wednesday evening in danger of spontaneous human combustion.
Tony Mowbray sat like a wet rag on some occasions before sinking out of the manager's seat in March, but Lennon is in danger of going to the other extreme. One cannot remember Martin O'Neill involved in so many capers during his five-year tenure at Celtic, and he once trained to be a lawyer. Here are the main incidents to be debated:
Dundee United v Celtic - Sunday, October 17
Incident: Gary Hooper was challenged by the home goalkeeper Dusan Pernis during the second half of the match at Tannadice. McDonald gave the penalty before changing his mind. Celtic went on to win 2-1 aided by a late Hooper goal.
What Lennon said: "He's given the penalty, and for me he can't change his mind. I didn't get an explanation until the referee came over and spoke to me. His explanation was that his linesman had a better view of it and the keeper had played the ball. I find that unacceptable."
Verdict: Inconclusive. It remains unclear whether Pernis clawed the ball before Hooper, or vice-versa. The main problem came afterwards when, for some curious reason, McDonald decided to concoct a story about who did what when. McDonald claimed the linesman Steven Craven alerted him before he changed his mind. It later emerged that McDonald called over Craven before changing his mind. They fed Lennon the fabricated explanation. He is seeking an apology from McDonald because he doesn't like being lied to.
Celtic v Rangers - Sunday, October 24
Incident: The Celtic manager felt Willie Collum should have done away with Lee McCulloch for picking up a second booking after he obstructed Georgios Samaras, but the second yellow never materialised.
What Lennon said: "It was a second yellow and they should have been down to 10 men in the second half."
Verdict: Wrong. If referees are questioned about every decision that they give or fail to give in a match, then we are heading for oblivion. Anthony Stokes should have walked in the opening minutes of the match for a wretched lunge on Sasa Papac that would have altered the course of the game.
Incident: Referee Collum outraged the home supporters when Kirk Broadfoot collapsed as if under the threat of grapeshot before the former Celtic player Kenny Miller converted the penalty to give Rangers a 3-1 lead.
What Lennon said: "I feel let down on the penalty incident for sure. It's a big decision. I have seen a replay of the penalty and it looked soft. I'm not sure he saw it, and I'm not sure why he has given it."
Verdict: Correct. Lennon had every right to scald the referee, particularly when he appeared to be looking in a different direction before awarding the penalty. It was a poor decision.
Hearts v Celtic - Wednesday, November 10
Incident: Joe Ledley appeared to take leave of his senses by chasing Ian Black before embarking on a two-footed tackle at the halfway line.
What Lennon said: "Once again we're probably talking about a refereeing performance more than anything else. Joe's red card wasn't a foul never mind a sending off. It was a disgraceful decision."
Verdict: Wrong. It was a poorly timed tackle that merited a red card.
Incident: The home player Ryan Stevenson clearly handled the ball in the box with Celtic trailing 2-0 in the death throes of the match. It was missed by the referee and his assistant.
What Lennon said: "I was standing 45 yards away and I could see it was a penalty. So if the referee doesn't see it the stand-side linesman should see it. It was clearly hand-ball, and I still don't know why I was sent to the stand myself."
Verdict: Correct. It was blatant handball, but some you win, some you lose. Celtic were comprehensively beaten on the night. Like the loss to Rangers, they did not invest enough quality in the match to feel hard done by.
It is no coincidence that referees have incurred the wrath of Lennon on the two occasions that Celtic have been punctured this season in Scotland, but there is hardly a damning list of evidence to suggest referees have it in for his side.
One would point out there is room for improvement in all walks of life, and Lennon, like those pesky referees, needs to accept responsibility for his actions. He remains an engrossing figure of searing passions and his musings are not those of a guttersnipe, but it may be wiser to accept the two-match ban, learn from it and move on.
If he continues to rage against the machine publicly, the complaining loses its effect, almost like The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
Neil Lennon's football odyssey continues at breakneck speed. It is likely to get choppier over the next few weeks, but the notion that he will somehow be cowed after all this palaver is finally straightened out remains fanciful.