Brighton's star continues to rise, with manager Roberto De Zerbi describing Thursday's 2-0 win at Ajax as the "finest" in the club's history.
The club's debut participation in Europe meant the 2023/24 campaign was always destined to be historic and their victory in Amsterdam has put them in a strong position to make the knockout rounds.
After over a decade of significant progress, even losing Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister in the summer has not derailed Brighton's progress, adding experience through free agents Mahmoud Dahoud and James Milner and providing extra excitement through the signing of Carlos Baleba.
After fluffing their lines on their European debut against AEK Athens, De Zerbi's side responded by coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Marseille before announcing themselves with last month's 2-0 home win over Ajax.
Thursday's 2-0 win over de Godenzonen in Amsterdam was a profound statement and the latest example of how far they had come, outplaying one of the great, albeit currently struggling, names of European football.
The result in Amsterdam was by no means an accident, but the culmination of years of progress and the Seagulls' current trajectory hints that they are far from finished.
Football clubs are often criticised for their extravagant spending, seemingly happy to gamble on players to help push them to the next level. Brighton's recent history is hardly an experiment in thrift, but they have always been sensible.
The Seagulls looked set to go out of business in the late 1990s but were saved by Dick Knight, who chaired the club between 1997 and 2009, steadily growing the Seagulls before Tony Bloom took over and successfully secured funding for a new stadium.
Bloom immediately set about installing structure across the club, with succession planning and long-term vision the cornerstones of his approach. After a nomadic existence, which saw them at one stage play their games in Gillingham, the Amex is an established Premier League ground and has become a lightning rod for exciting, young coaching talent.
The chairman's bravery in identifying and backing Gus Poyet, Oscar Garcia, Sami Hyypia, Graham Potter and now De Zerbi on the promise that they will play attacking football has paid off.
Of those, only Hyypia struggled, but Bloom responded by adapting his style to appoint the more experienced Chris Hughton, who guided the club into the Premier League and established them in the top flight before making way for Potter in 2019.
What do young coaches need? Young players, of course, but the Seagulls have made excellent use of the free agency market to inject experience into their side. More importantly, their scouting system and ability to identify talent in lesser leagues is the world's envy.
Few would have heard of Caicedo and Mac Allister before they signed for a combined £12m, only to be sold for around £150m.
Marc Cucurella, Yves Bissouma, Ben White and others have also come in for low fees before being sent on for big money and relative bargains Joao Pedro, Simon Adingra and Kaoru Mitoma all featured in Amsterdam alongside free signings Dahoud and Milner.
For all their previous progress under Potter, his demeanour often demonstrated an uncertainty about whether the club could make the next step. He was perhaps unfairly criticised for joining Chelsea in September 2022 and he might have gained a glimpse into the future on his first return to the Amex.
The almost unknown De Zerbi was named Potter's replacement soon after his departure to Stamford Bridge and drew 3-3 at Liverpool in his first game in charge. A mixed run followed before Chelsea turned up on 29th October and were duly dispatched 4-1 in a swashbuckling performance. That fearlessness and readiness to challenge the bigger clubs have defined De Zerbi's reign.
Potter had already departed Chelsea by the time his former side won April's reverse victory 2-1 and that contributed to the Seagulls finishing sixth in the Premier League, the highest in the club's history.
De Zerbi's side also lost on penalties to Manchester United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and their success even led to suggestions he could replace Potter again, this time at Chelsea.
That was never going to happen, with the 44-year-old clearly onto a good thing on the south coast. His steady success at Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk shows he knows how to build a team and mentor young talent.
Brighton's excellent scouting system and determination to give youth a chance has set them apart, with the scorers in their two wins over Ajax being perfect examples.
They moved early to buy Joao Pedro from Watford last May, while Adingra remains a relative unknown, whom they brought in from Danish football and sent out on loan last term to Belgian partner club Union SG.
Ansu Fati is arguably the poster boy. Would Brighton really have been able to sign a La Masia graduate if Barcelona were not 100 percent sure that he would be playing under a manager who would utilise him in what they perceive to be the right way?
Injuries cost Fati his confidence at Barca, but he looks to be rediscovering his belief under De Zerbi, who also seems to know how to handle him, telling the Spaniard that despite his goal in Amsterdam, "he could have played better".
The early signs are that De Zerbi's squad can handle fighting on different fronts and, despite failing to win their last five in the Premier League, still sit seventh ahead of Sunday's visit of Sheffield United.
Brighton are 1/4 to win that game, with outstanding young striker Evan Ferguson, fresh from signing a new deal and only playing the final 25 minutes against Ajax, just 10/11 to score at Anytime against the Blades.
Thursday's win in Amsterdam was another step towards something special for the Seagulls. Only now in their history would they have had any hope of beating a side who have won four European Cups both home and away.
Ajax remain an icon of global football but have floundered in recent years. Meanwhile, Brighton have progressed both on and off the field and their commitment to fine scouting and excellent succession planning suggests they will only keep progressing.