The former Bafana Bafana skipper failed to make the grade at White Hart Lane, and has been enduring a disappointingly injury affected season at Goodison Park thus far.
And so he was pleased to sparkle a bit at the weekend.
Especially pleasing for Schillo was his reconnection with team-mate Leighton Baines.
He and the England defender have formed one of the best combinations in the Premier League at Everton, and their understanding was in evidence once again against Spurs.
“The way we combine sometimes it’s about split-second decision making, it’s the timing,” Pienaar said in the Liverpool Echo, of his pleasure at working with Baines.
“It is coming back, but I’m still getting into the rhythm of it.”
“It’s only my third game back from eight weeks off so it’s going to take a while,” Schillo added.
“I was happy to get the 96 minutes against Spurs and my fitness is getting much better. It will take a while but I’m getting there.”
The game against Spurs could have gone either way, but in the context of their wider ambitions for the season, Schillo does not believe a draw was a terrible result for the Toffees.
“In the end 0-0 against one of the teams also pushing for a Champions League spot is not the end of the world.
“The game could have gone either way. They had a good penalty shout and so did we. We’ll take the positives of the second half.”