atlrus - 2:48 pm on Oct 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Just want to add some perspective to the topic.
I had a website that was hit by P1.0 and just recovered after 2.1
What I did to achieve this - absolutely nothing. Literally not a darn thing, stopped adding new content, new links, etc. The website was not touched since it got the penalty.
So whether your website recovered because of disavowing or other link manipulation is quite questionable. Most likely some of the penalty triggers were removed/adjusted in 2.1.