diamondgrl - 8:46 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0) Although your soft landing point is a good one.
Actually, I think you took the wrong lesson from this. It sounds like the competitive two-word phrase is NOT on your page so I presume Google bases its order of the SERPs on an index that is more delayed than the display for the SERPs. And if Google continues to see this, you will not rank as highly any more for this phrase.
Although your soft landing point is a good one.