All of which, like the form of Kane and Lamela, is good news. Pochettino is not the type to let a home win against a Greek side no one has ever heard of distract him from the bigger picture. His steely resolve, evident since the desperate home defeat to West Bromwich Albion, is what's going to drag this team kicking and screaming towards the fulfilment of its potential.
Whether a striker of the required calibre becomes available in January - let alone whether Chairman Levy will be inclined to make the necessary investment - remains to be seen. But if they do find someone capable of finishing the chances the creative department are increasingly serving up, this could yet turn out to be a very good season for Tottenham.
Of the four, only Manchester United currently lie above Spurs - on goal difference - but they look more and more like the modern version of Ossie Ardiles's flaky 1994 Tottenham team which had the best attack in the league and the worst defence.
Chiriches's Coco the Clown Impression Must Be Put To One Side As Southampton Await Spurs In The Main Event
Vlad Chiriches has been looking like a disaster waiting to happen in the Spurs defence for some time and on Thursday night, late in the game, the waiting ended. His ugly air-shot of a hashed clearance, compounded by a desperate hand ball in full view of the referee, resulted in a converted penalty for Demba Ba and an equaliser for Besiktas.
t wasn't a pretty performance from Spurs but that wasn't the point. Pochettino desperately needed to show who is boss and to take something away from the game. He achieved both these crucial objectives and with his authority now re-asserted, he will be steely in his determination to ensure the renewed impetus and resolve are maintained.
If the near-inevitable happens, the Tottenham faithful will find themselves wondering why Arsenal's dominance, which was close to total for twenty years before a brief spell of parity in the Redknapp/AVB era, appears to have returned so quickly. At least they wont have had any high hopes dashed.
Following a rocket from the boss and with a refreshed line up, Spurs should - should - have too much for Forest, but whatever permutation trots out at the Emirates you rather fear for them against Arsenal.
Despite his goal in the last round against Limassol, Paulinho continues to underwhelm in a Spurs shirt...
Young Harry Kane always scores. That's what you found yourself thinking when he came off the bench with Spurs cruising at 2-1 against Sunderland on Saturday. Then he did, in the wrong net, to present Sunderland with one of the most undeserved points in their long history.
Transfer windows are enormously entertaining... they sometimes seem much more exciting than the game itself. The best thing is always the apoplectic fury expressed by the fans that think their clubs have failed to spend enough money. And as the whole of football knows, there are no fans more convinced that their club is punching below its weight than Spurs fans.