a bright spot

a bright spot

a pleasant or successful event or period of time when most other things are unpleasant or not successful (often + in ) The only bright spot in Liverpool's disastrous performance was a stunning goal in the second half.
See also: bright, spot
References in classic literature ?
When we stopped to breathe, and I had time to see all about me, the clearness and sweetness of the night, the shapes of the hills like things asleep, and the fire dwindling away behind us, like a bright spot in the midst of the moor, anger would come upon me in a clap that I must still drag myself in agony and eat the dust like a worm.
A bright spot burned in either cheek, her respiration was short and difficult, and her pulse beat with feverish excitement.
Bast also figured, appearing now as a bright spot in civilization, now as a dark spot, according to the temperament of the speaker.
Entrepreneurial activity is a bright spot for Oregon, the report noted.