The way they lifted themselves and transformed the game from such a precarious position has to be commended, and they had Club Brugge sweating in an exciting, end-to-end second period.
They only do drama - and it was here aplenty again after Club Brugge seemed in command with quickfire goals before the break.
Club Brugge had problems in defence without three of their regular back four because of injury, and goalkeeper Vladan Kujovic making his debut for the dropped Colin Coosemans.
They had got caught out with the three Club Brugge bodies converging on the delivered corner just yards in front of Meunier.
Pablo was knocked out in a sickening clash of heads with Brugge
goalscorer Joseph Akpala in the 83rd minute which left him needing urgent medical attention as horrified teammates looked on.
But they summoned one last hurrah deep into added time to leave Club Brugge reeling.
They were too stand-offish and allowed Club Brugge easy possession.
The south end of the stadium went wild and, with such incessant and cacophonous support behind them every step of the way, Blues grew in stature and Club Brugge looked a rattled lot.
But many more will be able to see the overseas matches in the group stage given that Braga, Europa League runners-up last season, and Brugge have grounds with capacities close to 30,000.
In fact, there are no flights to the country of Slovenia from Birmingham, while the nearest airport flying from the city for the Brugge match is Brussels which is about 30 miles away.
No one was happier to be drawn against Brugge than the Belgium-based Bluenose who goes under the guise of Bluepeter15 on the BrumEUROs Number One forum.