Stage fright is no longer a problem for Brisbane Roar yet they could still be accused of fluffing their lines after drawing 1-1 with Beijing Guoan in their Asian Champions League clash in China on Tuesday night.
The Roar looked like a shadow of their record-breaking A-League premiership-winning selves when they received a reality check in their opening ACL 2-0 loss to FC Tokyo at Suncorp Stadium - a side that had only just been promoted to Japan's top league.
Yet Brisbane finally overcame their nerves on the big stage as they warmed to the ACL in a freezing Beijing on Tuesday.
Indeed they would be forgiven for kicking themselves for not coming away with a victory after dominating the first half.
The Roar looked to have had the worst possible start when goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos conceded a near post howler after Cheng Piao beat the off-side trap.
But Brisbane suddenly looked like a team that had wracked up a record-breaking unbeaten run of 36 straight games when they finally flexed their muscles in the first half.
Brazilian import Henrique caused all sorts of problems before Ivan Franjic's perfect cross and Mitch Nichols' pin-point header locked up the scores in the 21st minute.
The slippery Henrique kept causing trouble and would have been ruing his luck after setting up a golden chance for Albanian international Besart Berisha to add to his prolific season in the 22nd minute.
Indeed Berisha always seemed set to add to his record-breaking goal scoring A-League season in a menacing first half performance against the Chinese team.
Berisha notched goal No.19 in Brisbane's weekend 2-1 win over Newcastle to equal the season-record set by ex-Gold Coast United striker Shane Smeltz in 2009-10.
Just when the Roar looked at home in the ACL, the Chinese side became less than hospitable hosts.
Late in the first half Franjic let Mao Jianqing sprint clear and with only Theoklitos to beat, the Beijing threat's shot went awry.
Indeed the Beijing side hit back with a vengeance in the second half when former Roar striker Reinaldo came on after surprisingly being left out of the starting line-up.
Brazil-born striker Reinaldo was so embraced by the Roar during his five-year stint that he took out Australian citizenship.
He left in December 2010, ending a stint that included 92 appearances and 24 goals.
The Roar are bottom of their group after two games but still a win away from top spot.
Roar coach Ange Postecoglou liked what he saw after Brisbane looked like kangaroos in the headlights in their opening ACL clash a fortnight ago.
"W knew we had to start positively, he said.
"We tried to play attacking in the first half because we knew it would be difficult in the second half.
"In the first half we created opportunities that we didn't take but we played better today than we did against Tokyo.
"Today was more like a Brisbane Roar performance."