I have written several 'Is this the turning point?' pieces this season, the latest of which came after Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 6-0 to reach the Carabao Cup final.
But, in his pre-match news conference before the 3-1 win at Villa - a latest potential turning point in a season of false dawns - Pochettino's words were strong.
"I tell players in meetings I trust them more than ever - I will support you more than ever," he said. "We are going to face this moment knowing we can bounce back and win games."
And bounce back they did. The words exchanged in those meetings manifested in a show of togetherness - the performance of Pochettino's era so far.
Pochettino also deployed Benoit Badiashille and Axel Disasi in central defence - a partnership that played more than 50 times together with Monaco. Both looked more comfortable alongside one another than they ever have on their own.
Injuries have been unkind to Pochettino but this XI, with an average age of 22.8, understood their roles and the gameplan. At Villa Park, where the home team have been supreme, this performance was grown up. Mature.
Maybe it is less of a turning point, and more the blueprint on turning talented individuals into a cohesive team.