Republic of Ireland put their recent drubbing by Germany behind them by beating Faroe Islands 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Marc Wilson, Jonathan Walters, a Pol Justinussen own goal and Darren O’Dea were all on target in the convincing win for the Emerald Isle.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s future as head coach has been under question, but the Italian has stated that he is confident that his job is safe.
“We have in November another game. I expect. We started three games ago – we have won two games, we have lost one against the best team [in Group C]. It’s not my decision,” he told Sky Sports.
“I know what I can do, but it’s not my decision. I don’t have a problem. For me, it’s my job. I say always I am proud to be the manager of this team with these players.
“We have discovered many, many young players in the last three years and sometimes we can lose. Football is like this.
“In other countries, people know Trapattoni is a professional man, and that is a great honour.
“There is a very simple sentence in my history: the winners has 100 fathers, the losers are orphans.
“Football associations change like the wind, they can change in a second,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Germany and Sweden met in Group C also, with a dramatic 4-4 draw in Berlin.
The hosts went 4-0 up through goals from Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and a Miroslav Klose brace, but spectacularly the Swedes scored four times in the last 31 minutes to grab a point.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mikael Lustig, Johan Elmander and Rasmus Elm were all on target in the miraculous comeback.
By Gareth McKnight