Even at the simplest level, it was a victory with plenty of significance.
With a 1-0 victory over Thailand at My Dinh National Stadium on Sunday -- courtesy of sumptuous 83rd-minute header from Nham Manh Dung -- Vietnam claimed back-to-back gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games men's football tournament.
It was only their second triumph since breaking their gold-medal duck in 2019, and also denied the Thais a record-extending 17th crown.
That in itself was achievement enough. But the success will mean so much more.
After all, this is a Vietnam outfit that had risen to the pinnacle of Southeast Asian football over the past few years only to have their credentials questioned of late.
Following a fourth-place finish at the Asian Games and an AFF Suzuki Cup triumph in 2018 that preceded a quarterfinal run at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Vietnam were the undisputed powerhouses in ASEAN -- until they relinquished their continental crown to the Thais at the start of the year.
Yet, after just one win in ten matches -- hardly an embarrassing record considering they were up against continental heavyweights like Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia -- the critics were out in full force.
Now, after a near-immaculate SEA Games campaign, where they racked up five wins and a draw without conceding a single goal, the Vietnamese have certainly delivered a statement that they not going away anytime soon.
The triumph was typical of the football that has become synonymous with Vietnam under Park Hang-seo - with organisation and efficiency the hallmarks of the game plan.
Nonetheless, perhaps the most impressive aspect of their gold medal-winning efforts is that it was down with a new generation of prospects and not the golden generation that has fuelled much of Vietnam's recent success.
Granted, the three overage players present -- Do Hung Dung, Nguyen Tien Linh and Nguyen Hoang Duc -- did play key roles throughout the tournament, but the new wave also took their opportunity to shine.
Le Van Do has been a constant revelation in his rampaging wing-back role, goalkeeper Nguyen Van Toan was a constant reassuring presence, while others like Manh Dung, Bui Hoang Viet Anh, Phan Tuan Tai and Ho Thanh Minh showed enough to suggest they could play a role at senior level eventually.
And with the next Suzuki Cup not far off, Vietnam will get the chance to reclaim their status as kings of Southeast Asian football -- not just at U-23 level but also on the senior stage.
For now at least, with their second consecutive SEA Games gold medal, they have proven they are not going away anytime soon.