Gareth McAuley has spoken of his pride after scoring for Northern Ireland against San Marino.
McAuley set his side on their way to an important 3-0 victory as he fired home a half-volley from Grant McCann's cross in the sixth minute.
The Ipswich man had been considering his future at international level less than 18 months ago and he admits he was overjoyed to net his first goal for his country.
"I am happier in myself now and delighted to get the goal," said the defender. "I got a real buzz out of it. It was a really proud moment for me and my family.
"It was my first goal for Northern Ireland but hopefully I can add to my tally. Grant put a great ball in and I just had to concentrate on making a good contact. It flew in and gave us a good start.
"Things have turned around for me and that's good. I got frustrated in the past because I felt I wasn't given a chance and could not see me being given one.
"But football changes so quickly and I played a number of games at the end of the last campaign.
"However I am not complacent as we have strength in depth at the back now. You just have to give everything in games and hope it gets you selected."
Northern Ireland's win propelled them into second place in World Cup qualifying Group 3, although they have played a game more than their rivals.
Poland and Slovenia visit Windsor Park in the spring and McAuley is looking forward to two crucial matches.
He said: "The picture is the group has changed and we have given ourselves a chance.
"The two games are not going to be easy but the group is tight as teams are taking points off each other.
"We have to try and make home advantage count and we have done well at Windsor Park in the past."