Scotland kept hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup alive with a comfortable 2-0 over minnows Malta at Hampden.
In a pivotal night for hopes of reaching Russia next summer, England also delivered a major boost to Scotland’s aspirations by defeating Slovakia 2-1 at Wembley.
Gordon Strachan’s Scots now trail second-placed Slovakia by only one point in Group F.
Scotland now hold their destiny in their own hands as they host Slovakia at Hampden on October 5 before a qualifier against Slovenia away three days later.
This expected victory against a side ranked 190th in the world made it 10 points from the last 12 for the rejuvenated Scots.
Boss Strachan went with the same starting line-up that convincingly defeated Lithuania 3-0 in Vilnius on Friday.
Scotland created the first opportunity when Stuart Armstrong shrugged off two challenges in the fifth minute to open up space.
His low left-foot shot from 22 yards flew just wide of goal.
Moments later keeper Andrew Hogg dived to his left to push behind a James Forrest drive as the Scots continued to press looking for an early breakthrough.
England had struggled to get the opener in the 4-0 away defeat of Malta last week and went into the break 0-0.
Strachan’s Scots ensured there would be no nervousness about this tie and secured the opener inside the opening 10 minutes.
Defender Christope BERRA rose above Steve Borg to meet a Leigh Griffiths at the back post and headed home from five yards out.
Scotland continued to dominate and Armstrong slammed a left-footed strike into the side netting soon after.
In the 31st minute right-back Kieran Tierney curled in an effort from 25 yards, forcing keeper Hogg into a save.
Moments later Andy Robertson blasted a powerful 20-yard drive along the face of goal and inches wide of the far post.
Towards the end of the first half Matt Phillips unleashed a curling 25-yard right footed drive that keeper Hogg dived to save.
Strachan replaced James McArthur with James Morrison at half-time and the substitute was involved in the second goal.
The Scots doubled their advantage in the 49th minute as Armstrong found Robertson breaking down the left flank.
His low cross picked out substitute James Morrison who stretched out a leg to force an eight-yard shot onto the foot of the post.
GRIFFITHS was in a perfect position to slot home the rebound off the post from close range.
The Scots continued to push forward and Forrest forced a save in the 55th minute from Hogg low at his near post with a 22 yard drive.
The injured Charlie Mulgrew was replaced in the 55th minute with Grant Hanley.
A vicious long range strike from Tierney flew over with the keeper struggling to cover.
In the 67th minute Griffiths broke free of his marker but his low shot was weak and straight at the keeper who easily smothered it.
It was Griffiths’ last action as he was replaced by Chris Martin midway through the half.
A rare foray upfront from Malta saw Craig Gordon have to save from Joseeph Zerafa at the near post, but he palmed it straight into the path of Alfred Effiong who turned the rebound towards goal.
Luckily for Gordon the shot was straight at him.
With 15 minutes remaining that would have made for a nervous night had it gone in.
The game fizzled out after that, although in the dying minutes Phillips fired a powerful 25-yard shot just over the bar.
SCOTLAND: Gordon, Tierney, Robertson, Berra, Mulgrew, McArthur, Armstrong, Brown, Griffiths, Phillips, Forrest.
SUBS: Morrison (for McArthur 46), Hanley (for Mulgrew 55), Martin (for Griffiths 70).
SUBS NOT USED: Archer, McGregor, Anya, Naismith, Ritchie, Snodgrass, Fraser, McGinn.
MALTA: Hogg, Magri, S. Borg, Agius, R. Fenech, Schembri, Z. Muscat, Kirstensen, Zerafa, Effiong, Pisani.
SUBS: Gambin (for Schembri 71), P. Fenech (for Kristensen 85), A. Muscat (for . S Borg 86).
SUBS NOT USED: Bonello, Failla, Mifsud, Farrigia, C. Borg, Johnson.
REFEREE: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark).