Carlo Ancelotti spared his Chelsea players the video nasty of their crushing defeat to Arsenal because he feared watching it would "kill" them.
Blues boss Ancelotti normally forces his players to analyse footage of their performances in a bid to eradicate their mistakes.
But so low had their confidence sunk after Monday night's 3-1 loss at the Emirates Stadium - which heralded their worst Barclays Premier League run for 11 years - he decided to take pity on them.
The tactic appeared to pay off, with Chelsea stumbling to their first league win for seven games against Bolton on Wednesday night.
The victory kept their faltering title defence alive and gave them a much-needed boost ahead of Sunday's visit of Aston Villa.
"I didn't show the video against Arsenal," Ancelotti said. "I normally do show. When the moment is not so good, you don't have to kill! I can show them in the future but not now."