Kevin Kilbane is hoping Republic of Ireland's home form can carry them to the 2010 World Cup.
The Wigan winger was a member of the last Irish squad to reach a major finals back in 2002, so is well aware of what it takes to successfully negotiate a qualification campaign.
Having seen Giovanni Trapattoni's men make a solid start on the road to South Africa, picking up four points from their opening two fixtures, Kilbane is hoping to end his wait for a second appearance on football's biggest stage.
Cyprus are next up for a side brimming with confidence, the first of three consecutive qualifiers the Irish are set to play in front of a boisterous home support.
"We have got three home games now and we will look to next month against Cyprus first and foremost," said Kilbane.
"We are certainly going into those three expecting to win them all and pick up nine points.
"We will see how it goes, but it is going to be tough. Next month against Cyprus, we have been there before and we know what a good side they can be.
"We will take that first game first and then see where we go form there."
Georgia and Bulgaria are then set to arrive in Dublin in the New Year, but for now Kilbane is happy to reflect on the positives which can be taken from two tricky away ties.
He insists Georgia and Montenegro will cause problems to the other sides in the group, and believes Ireland can be proud of their early exploits.
"People might have thought it might have been the other way around - if we had got a point in Georgia and then gone to Montenegro and won the game," he added.
"But they are a very tough side. They have good players who play in top leagues around the world and they are going to cause problems for the Italians, the Bulgarians, the Georgians and the Cypriots.
"They are very, very tough."