Wales international Robert Earnshaw believes the nation are heading in the right direction after beating Northern Ireland on Friday.
Goals from skipper Aaron Ramsey and Earnshaw sealed a 2-0 success over Nigel Worthington's troops in the Carling Nations Cup.
Wales had lost their two previous games to Republic of Ireland and Scotland and Earnshaw wanted to end their cup on the winning note.
Earnshaw also believes the arrival of Gary Speed at the helm has lifted the players and that everyone wants to perform well for their head coach.
"I'm very pleased," said Earnshaw. "We needed it and the manager needed it.
"The whole team needed it because it just gave us a lift and a boost because we are working hard.
"We've had a few games where we are progressing all the time but we needed to win. You are always trying to work hard and do the tactics but the end result is a win so it was good to get it."
The Forest forward added: "Since the new manager has taken over, it has given me a big lift because of what he is trying to do, what he is setting out to do.
"He wants this team to do well. When you've got a manager who wants the team to do well and wants to progress this team and really do things, it has an affect on all the players.
"It gives us a direction of where we are trying to go in the next four or five years."