Scotland boss Alex McLeish hailed James Forrest after his hat-trick secured top spot in Nations League Group C1.
The Celtic winger hit a hat-trick as the national team beat Israel 3-2 at Hampden.
Topping the group secures a play-off spot in the bid to reach Euro 2020.
McLeish said: “The goal was to win and we have done that. The lads played to a very high level of quality as well as intensity.
“Special mention must go to James Forrest. To score five goals in two games is an incredible return.
“Allan McGregor’s late save was what you would call a fantastic, world class save which is what he’s been doing all season.
“I’m extra proud of the players because we are in an era when the national team have struggled.
“I felt quite strong about the team going into this game and the way they played to a high intensity against Albania – albeit with a bit of help with a sending-off.
“We played that extremely professionally and to keep that high intensity was a bit of a task because of the players playing not that long ago and playing in the same team again.”