England should win the first Investec Test even if they fail to shift Shivnarine Chanderpaul - but it will surely hasten their progress if they can dislodge West Indies' immovable object.
Hard as England's bowlers tried on day three at Lord's, their hopes were rarely raised that they could eliminate the left-hander for the first time in this match.
Chanderpaul followed his unbeaten 87 in the first innings with 34 not out so far in West Indies' 120 for four.
The tourists are nonetheless obvious candidates for an opening defeat at some point over the next two days, at the start of this three-match series.
Certainly, Andrew Strauss' team are hardly in panic mode yet - with the tourists still 35 runs behind and almost half their wickets gone already.
Ian Bell, whose 61 helped England to 398 all out on a slow pitch, is not too concerned just yet.
"It would have been nice (to get Chanderpaul out)," he said.
"But it's Test cricket against the number one batsman in the world, so we expected him to fight against our attack.
"We knew we had to work hard, even more so to get Chanderpaul out in that middle order - in the series, let alone in this innings.
"We expected them to come back."
Tim Bresnan came closest to success against the West Indies' number five, who had kept out 270 balls in this match by stumps.
Bresnan had him dropped, a very tough chance in the slips to a diving James Anderson, on two - and then went to DRS to no avail with an lbw appeal 20 runs later.
Bell thinks England's luck is sure to change.
"We're two wickets away now from all-rounders and bowlers.
"We hope it will be good conditions to bowl in tomorrow.
"I thought we bowled well again (today) but just didn't quite get the luck we probably deserved.
"We could easily have had two more, but we hope that comes tomorrow morning.
"We'll be nice and patient, and hope to get our rewards."
West Indies' comparative resilience might have surprised some in the crowd, but not England themselves.
"You can always expect Lord's to get flatter and flatter, never deteriorate, said Bell.
"The way they bowled this morning, they showed they're a good unit and will come back hard at us."
Bell earlier made only his second half-century in 10 attempts this year after his prolific 2011, and fell in the cause when he holed out in the deep to be last out.
"I'm happy to try to hit some boundaries at the end, in those situations.
"It would have been nice to carry on today, but it wasn't to be today."
It was to be, to an extent, for West Indies' debutant fast bowler Shannon Gabriel - who finished with three for 60.
"Anyone playing their first Test at Lord's would be nervous," he said.
"But I tried not to think about it too much - and I had every confidence I could do well."
Gabriel held back on the one piece of information England would prize above all.
The Trinidadian bowled against Chanderpaul in West Indies domestic cricket this season, and saw him off for 80 from 186 balls.
That will probably do for England. But when asked how, though, he declined to comment.