Goal hero Chris Martin today insisted Scotland dug deep to keep their World Cup dream alive for under-pressure boss Gordon Strachan.
Martin netted a dramatic winner two minutes from time to secure a 1-0 qualifying victory over Slovenia.
Strachan had admitted the Group F showdown was a “must win”.
Anything less than three points against a Slovenia side previously undefeated in Group F would have killed the World Cup bid.
It would also have inevitably ended Strachan’s four-year tenure as national manager.
Martin admits with Scotland’s World Cup bid and Strachan’s future hinging on a victory the pressure at Hampden was immense.
But the Scots delivered to blow open the race to finish runners-up behind Group F leaders England.
Scotland are now just two points behind second-placed Slovakia.
Martin said: “We went out to get a win for the manager and to do our very best for him.
“The manager has shown faith in us and we wanted to repay him for that by winning.
“That was the case for me, and for every single player in the squad.
“He (Gordon Strachan) has been extremely good for us.
“We perhaps haven’t got the rewards that we deserved but hopefully we can continue to repay the manager’s faith by trying to qualify for the World Cup.
“Considering what we were up against going into the game against Slovenia we performed excellently.
“It was touched upon by quite a few people that it was a must-win game.
“In those circumstances it was a very courageous performance and one that we thoroughly deserved to win.”
Next up for Scotland is a Group F qualifier against undefeated leaders England at Hampden on June 10.
Martin reckons Scotland can shock the Auld Enemy to ease into pole position in the race for second, and a potential play-off spot.
He said: “We think we can beat England, but it is about doing it on the pitch.
“We obviously have to execute the game plan very well as we know they are a good side.
“There is renewed optimism and encouragement to take into that game.
“Hopefully we can take the momentum that this result builds into the next game against England and also throughout the campaign.
“This can be a turning point for us as we are only two points off second place now and are right in the mix.”
Fulham’s Martin was booed by some sections of the Tartan Army when he was introduced as a substitute with eight minutes remaining.
He said: “I didn’t know there was a tough reception when I came on. I was just focused on trying to get the goal that we deserved.”
Meanwhile boss Strachan today praised supersub Martin for having the last laugh over the boo boys.
Strachan said: “Chris Martin gets a good reception from the players and the staff.
“That is why we pick him.
“He is in great company as Kenny Dalglish was booed, so was Gary McAllister, so was Alan Hansen.
“So he must be some player.
“All the players performed extremely well and I think Stuart Armstrong could be the best Scottish debut I have ever seen.”