Between Boxing Day and last weekend, everything had gone swimmingly for Rob Edwards and his Luton side, who established themselves as playoff contenders with three successive wins.
However, letting slip a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to fellow in-form outfit West Bromwich Albion hurt the Hatters, who missed out on the chance to move into the top six.
There is also potential for the capitulation to have long-term ramifications for Luton, who now have just one clean sheet in their last nine fixtures in all competitions.
Equally, though, coming from behind to defeat Wigan in the FA Cup could keep Luton on track, with Elijah Adebayonetting a 98th-minute winner at the DW Stadium.
The forward has now scored in successive matches having previously waited since October 15 to end his wait for another strike, and Edwards will hope that it is the start of a stronger period of form for the 25-year-old.
From Wigan’s perspective, they are still searching for their first win since the appointment of Kolo Toure, that streak now reaching eight games.
The Latics have been much improved of late, posting draws with Luton and Cardiff City away from home before letting slip their lead over the former in midweek.
Nevertheless, the gap to safety currently stands at four points, and Toure will acknowledge that his team need to get a victory on the board sooner rather than later.
While Wigan have failed to keep a clean sheet under the former Arsenal defender, the North West outfit have scored in every fixture, a run which has now lasted nine contests.