Scotland boss Craig Levein was bullish about his team's chances of beating Spain on Tuesday after overcoming Liechtenstein.
Craig Mackail-Smith managed to loop his header over the advancing Liechtenstein goalkeeper Peter Jehle for what proved to be the crucial match-winner in Vaduz.
That win sets Scotland up for their final match in Alicante against world champions Spain with the same result on the agenda.
Scotland are one point above Czech Republic and must at least equal the Czechs' result in Lithuania to book a play-off spot.
"We have a group of players who recover quickly, they are a fit bunch of guys and they are in a position I would have taken at the start of the campaign, where if we win the game we finish second, that's a fact," said Levein about Spain.
"It is a tall order, we understand that but there is nothing for us to fear, that is the important thing, there is nothing to fear.
"We are playing the world champions, of course, but we are in the position where if we win the game we qualify.
"I believe wholeheartedly in the players and their ability to rise to the challenge.
"We can't go in the game relying on what happens in Lithuania, we have no influence over that.
"So it makes complete sense for me to do everything I can to win the game on Tuesday night.
"Of course we recognise it is difficult but we have nothing to fear and I can assure you that the lads will run themselves into the ground attempting to get that second spot."
Levein was delighted to see Mackail-Smith score his first international goal and believes it will help his confidence after the 27-year-old was only brought in following Kenny Miller's late omission from the squad through injury.
"He played well," Levein said.
"The lads don't really know him. It's difficult to come into a team where none of the lads in the Scotland set-up play for Brighton so it's not as if he's got anybody alongside him who understands how he plays.
"We're still learning that part of it but he did some excellent things tonight and I'm thrilled for him. To get a goal on his first competitive start is a dream come true for him."
With the lion's share of the possession and chances going begging from the visitors including Christophe Berra's late chance, Steven Naismith's collection of headers and Barry Bannan's strikes, Levein conceded his side should have finished the game off earlier.
"We made it harder than it should have been. We had enough chances in the first half in particular to put the game to bed and of course when you don't get that second goal the opposition still have a degree of hope," he said.
"But the way it worked out I'm thrilled for the boys, I'm thrilled for the supporters. We put ourselves in the position we wanted to get in this morning when we spoke about the match."