Talk about 鈥楢fter the Lord Mayor鈥檚 Show鈥?.
An Everton team that had surrendered so meekly at Anfield just three days earlier was suddenly galvanised into a heroic, battling unit at Old Trafford ?but should any Blue really be surprised?
Although they鈥檇 had to weather a heavy bombardment from Manchester United after the break ?the second half seemed to go on for hours ?Ronald Koeman鈥檚 side came within seconds of achieving a rare victory at the so-called 鈥楾heatre of Dreams鈥?
By the time Zlatan Ibrahimovic slotted past Joel Robles from the penalty spot, great swathes of the 70,000 plus Red Devils regulars had already left their seats to embark on their treks home.
For over two decades, a period in which United have enjoyed their greatest period of blanket dominance of the English game, Old Trafford has proven to be a graveyard for visiting Everton sides.
But on Tuesday night ?leading at the break for the first time since August 1996 ?the Blues came the closest they鈥檝e ever been to adding to their solitary victory at the ground since the opening week of the Premier League era courtesy of Bryan Oviedo鈥檚 strike in December 2013.
Both individually and collectively though, Everton were unrecognisable from the sorry wretches who had capitulated yet again on their annual shortest trip of the season across Stanley Park.
As ECHO Everton editor Greg O鈥橩eeffe observed in his Player Ratings, Romelu Lukaku showed more dynamism in the opening 10 minutes against United than he had done in the entire game with Liverpool.
Robles, whose positioning was exposed in stark fashion at Anfield as he appeared to be playing a game of 鈥榤usical statues鈥?in which only he couldn鈥檛 hear the tune for each of the Reds goals, played his role in the redemption effort being brave and alert while making some terrific saves.
Until his late aberration, Ashley Williams was completely transformed from his derby showing ?immovable and inspirational he marshalled the back line like the leader he is expected to be.
While such displays offer encouragement for the future, they make the continued derby day whimper for Blues even more galling.
Being played in quick succession, the games produced a strong sense of déjà vu to a couple of back-to-back fixtures against the same two clubs back in April 2012.
Five years ago, Everton were the toast of the football nation ?including Kopites ?when they gallantly held the mighty Manchester United to a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford.
The result was credited with ultimately derailing Sir Alex Ferguson鈥檚 side鈥檚 title bid and from Durham to Devon hordes of neutrals rejoiced in patting the backs of the 鈥榩lucky鈥?Toffeemen.
Except nobody at Goodison Park was cheering.
In their previous fixture, the Blues had lost 2-1 at Wembley to Liverpool in sickening circumstances.
This was supposed to be the time that Everton finally got it right on the big stage against their great rivals.
The Reds ?who would finish below them in the table that season ?were in free fall. They鈥檇 lose seven of their last 12 games, a run that culminated with Kenny Dalglish being given the sack.
Yet despite taking the lead through Nikica Jelavic after a mix-up between Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger, the Blues somehow managed to produce a greater rick through Sylvain Distin to allow Luis Suarez to equalise and then allowed Andy Carroll, who had been getting pelters from his own fans all afternoon, to net a late winner.
And all this without laying a glove on Liverpool鈥檚 third choice keeper Brad Jones.
Fast forward five years and Everton are still failing spectacularly when it comes to the fixture that means most to their fans.
The excuses are starting to run out.
The Reds derby day gladiators Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher who once provided a Scouse heartbeat to their side have both retired. There鈥檚 no way that scorers Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi or Sadio Mane, in his first season at Anfield, were more fired up or clued up for the fixture than Everton鈥檚 local lads.
Mane of course had also netted a last-gasp winner at Goodison back in December ?the Blues only home defeat of the season to date in the Premier League but yet again a clash with the neighbours that they conspired to lose.
Boosted by Farhad Moshiri鈥檚 spending power and vision, Everton are looking to get away from being plucky also-rans.
Despite their contrasting displays in their testing back-to-back trips to their traditionally two biggest North West rivals over the past week they ultimately fell short on both occasions.
Perhaps an equally bold acquisition on the field akin to the purchase of the Royal Liver Building by Moshiri is what鈥檚 needed to fully reshape attitudes this summer?