The last time Limerick hosted Tipperary in a league tie at the Gaelic Grounds in March 2010, they endured a 22-point humiliation.
There was never the remotest chance of a repeat on Saturday night as the All-Ireland champions lit their booster rockets in the closing 20 minutes to burn off the visitors' challenge.
The blanket of freezing fog that settled over the stadium turned the players into shadowy figures. Nonetheless, there was no disguising the quality of the Limerick performance.
Behind by a point at the break (1-9 to 1-8), they outscored the visitors 0-13 to 0-5 after the interval, restricting Tipp to just three points from play.
"They are not All-Ireland champions for nothing. They are a very, very good team. But we will need to learn from this," Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy acknowledged.
John Kiely's post-match analysis had to be halted as he sought relief after his back went into a spasm. But when he gathered his thoughts it was clear he believed there was more than two league points at stake.
"Listen, we were at home and it's fierce important that you make that count. That's the first Division 1A game in Limerick for nine seasons. We worked hard enough to be there. It wouldn't be worth anything if we didn't turn up and put in a decent performance after waiting all that time."
By the time Hurler of the Year Cian Lynch came off the bench in the 68th minute, his team-mates had completed the hard yards.
Just a point ahead after 46 minutes, they were four clear by then and added three more to further entertain their fans in the attendance of 8,559.
"We did well off our puck-outs in the second half - much better than in the first half. We linked the play and used the ball a bit better. We got runners off the shoulder," Kiely said.
"We were doing things better, we rose to the intensity of the game. Our defence had a super game today - that was the most pleasing aspect of the game."
Defences dominated a fiercely contested first half. Tipperary wing-forward Dan McCormack had to retire after just 12 minutes with a shoulder injury. His replacement Jason Forde emerged as his side's best forward with three points from play.
But he also missed a goal chance immediately after Noel McGrath and Willie Connors had set up Patrick Maher for a 23rd-minute goal.
It proved a costly miss as five minutes from the break Graeme Mulcahy deployed his predatory instincts to direct a hopeful lob from Tom Morrissey into the Tipperary net to leave his side just a point adrift.
"We were disappointed with the goal we gave away in that first half," said Sheedy, who admitted that Limerick had taught them a lesson in how to maximise their return from puck-outs.
"They probably gave us a bit of an education on the restarts. Nickie Quaid and his forwards have a very very good system. We probably struggled to deal with that system."
Seamus Callanan struggled with his free-taking, missing three.
In contrast, apart from one lapse, Aaron Gillane was a model of consistency - evidenced by his 0-7 return from placed balls, with the excellent Diarmaid Byrnes hitting 0-4, including three frees.
Gillane, newcomer Conor Boylan and Tom Morrissey hit two points each from play, though Kevin Downes failed to shine on his return.
No Tipperary player other than Forde managed to get more than one score from play.
"We put in a spirited performance. But in that second half and especially in that last 20 minutes we certainly came up well short," added Sheedy.
"We have got to reset. I'd rather learn things on February 2 than on May 2."
Referee Sean Cleere was the centre of attention in the first half, clamping down on illegal hand-passes and over-carrying, though his actions didn't find favour with the players or the crowd.
SCORERS - Limerick: A Gillane 0-9 (5f, 2 65s); G Mulcahy 1-1; D Byrnes 0-4 (3f); T Morrissey, C Boylan 0-2 each; D Morrissey, D O'Donovan, P Casey 0-1 each. Tipperary: S Callanan 0-5 (5f); J Forde 0-3; Patrick Maher 1-0; B Heffernan, N McGrath, R Byrne, M Breen, W Connors, Padraic Maher 0-1 each.
limerick - N Quaid 7; T Condon 8, S Finn 8, R English 7; D Byrnes 9, D Hannon 6, D Morrissey 7, D O'Donovan 7, C Ryan 7; G Hegarty 6, T Morrissey 7, C Boylan 8, A Gillane 9, K Downes 6, G Mulcahy 8. Subs: P Casey 8 for Downes (44); P O'Loughlin 6 for Hannon (49); K Hayes 6 for Boylan (56), P Ryan 7 for Mulcahy (63), C Lynch 6 for O'Donovan (68).
Tipperary - B Hogan 7; D Maher 6, J Barry 7, A Flynn 6; B Heffernan 7, R Maher 6; Padraic Maher 8; R Byrne 7, M Breen 7; D McCormack 5, N McGrath 7, W Connors 7; J Morris 6, S Callanan 7, Patrick Maher 6. Subs: J Forde 8 for McCormack 12; N O'Meara 6 for Byrne; K O'Dwyer 6 for D Maher 54; M Kehoe 6 for Morris 54, J McGrath 6 for Breen 62.
Ref - S Cleere (Kilkenny).