Voters in Glenrothes backed Labour in a surprise by-election win last month. The victory in itself was not the only boost for the beleaguered Gordon Brown.
Labour increased its share of the vote from the 51.9 percent won at the 2005 general election to 55.1 percent. And Labour not only increased its share of the vote for the first time since 1997, but also the actual number of people who voted for it. This hasn't happened in a Labour seat since 1978.
Just days before the poll, the Scottish National Party was crowing that it had already won. Leader Alex Salmond proclaimed, somewhat embarrassingly, "Yes we can win, and yes we will win."