Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has promised that his side will give Italy "a hell of a game" at Windsor Park next month.
Worthington saw his men battle for a 1-0 triumph on Friday night as Corry Evans' strike saw off Slovenia in their first Euro 2012 qualifier.
Northern Ireland are next in action against Italy, who beat Estonia 2-1, on 8th October and Worthington is eagerly anticipating the meeting.
He said: "We have three points in the bag and a hell of a game coming up. We will make it that way.
"We had people running until they dropped so we could get the victory against Slovenia. That is what makes us hard to beat at times."
Northern Ireland also face Serbia, Estonia and the Faroe Islands in the group, and Worthington added: "We have a lot of games to come so we have to be focused and very professional. If we do that we can get good results."
Meanwhile, Sheffield-born rookie Johnny Gorman knew after his first game he wanted to play for Northern Ireland and no-one else.
The 17-year-old is now committed to the cause after making his competitive bow in the triumph over Slovenia.
He said: "When I made my first appearance there was a lot of talk about going to the Republic or that I could still play for England.
"But since I made my first appearance my mind was made up. I wanted to stay with Northern Ireland. As all my family are from the north it was an easy choice."