Craig Beattie handed Alex McLeish a debut victory as Scotland boss with a late winner against Georgia.
The result kept the side at the top of the Euro 2008 qualifying standings ahead of a trip to Italy.
Klaus Toppmoller’s impressive Georgia outfit made Scotland work hard in a game which looked destined to finish level.
Gothenburg Great McLeish fielded both Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd up front and it paid dividends early on.
After 11 minutes, Gary Teale put a superb cross into the box and Rangers forward Boyd was on hand to head home.
The provider should have turned scorer eight minutes later but Teale fired straight at Giorgi Lomaia.
But the visitors were determined not to give the Scots an easy ride and created a number of chances.
Former Rangers defender Zurab Khizanishvilli headed against the bar on the half-hour, with Giorgi Demetradze’s volley then denied by Craig Gordon.
Six minutes before the break, the Georgians grabbed an equaliser.
Shota Arveladze seized on some poor defending to head home.
Scotland were on the ropes and Boyd hit the bar in the second half and swiped at another good chance before he was removed and on in his place came attacker Beattie.
And after a routine ball was not cleared away by the visiting defence, the Celtic man rifled the ball past Lomaia in the 89th minute to snatch all three points.