Wales coach Chris Coleman admits that defeat to Macedonia would have seen him sacked, but he insists nobody could do more with the players available.
Coleman had 11 players missing from his initial squad selection, but they managed a 1-0 triumph in Cardiff thanks to Simon Church's strike.
But the Wales boss admitted: "Had we lost this game, I would have been out the door, no doubt.
"It's a win and, for me as a manager, looking at our squad of players and all the pull-outs we had, I am delighted.
"I wanted us to look after the performance and we did that. We may have ridden our luck a bit but I thought we deserved to win.
"I enjoyed the win tonight more than any other because there has been a lot said and we were up against it. The players stood up to the test."
Coleman is in talks with the Football Association of Wales over a new contract, but question marks remain over his future.
"The contract will be talked about but nothing has changed. I am not sure what anyone can do if we haven't got our best players all the time.
"We need all our best players for a lot more of the time than we have had. It would make no difference what manager is sitting here in front of you.
"I don't know what I can do when we haven't got them. I know what I can do when we have them and how we can play.
"But we have come into this camp, with a lot of withdrawals and we have won. We now face a huge test on Tuesday against one of the best teams on the planet in Belgium and I am not looking beyond that."