Northern Ireland star David Healy insists that his country can still provide a shock and qualify for Euro 2008.
The Northern Irish were very much in the mix for qualification in Group F, putting pressure on heavyweights Sweden and Spain.
However, unexpected back-to-back defeats against Latvia and Iceland have left Nigel Worthington's men with a mountain to climb if they want to book their place at Austria & Switzerland next summer.
Healy and his fellow countryman face Sweden on Wednesday and he remains optimistic that they can get a result.
"At any given time, even a draw would be a great result in Sweden - but this is no ordinary situation," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"We know only a win will be good enough.
"We let everyone down last month when we lost in Latvia and Iceland but I am sure we can pull a result out of the bag to get hopes of qualifying going again.
"After our defeat in Iceland I was brutally honest when I said we had probably let our big chance slip away from us but the past three or four weeks have healed a few wounds and it is vital we keep believing in what we are trying to achieve.
"It is hard to get away from the fact that we would be sitting in a great position in Group F if we have even managed to get one or two points from the last two games but the simple fact is that we didn't and we'll have to get on with it.
"Sweden is notoriously a very difficult place to go to get results though. We are under no illusions about how difficult the match will be.
"I know we can dig out a result on Wednesday night.
"We know what has to be done. Only a win will be good enough and it's game on."