Northern Ireland's World Cup destiny is still in our own hands despite last night's masterclass handed down by reigning champions Germany in their emphatic 3-1 Windsor Park victory.
But last minute consolation goalscorer Josh Magennis insisted Michael O'Neill's men can hand out their own lesson to Norway in Sunday's crucial closing group game in Oslo, making sure they qualify for next month's World Cup play-offs in style.
Germany sealed top spot in Group C and a place at next summer's finals in Russia but Northern Ireland, already confirmed in second position behind Joachim Low's men, are still well placed on 19 points to make the two-leg play-offs and could even secure their spot ahead of the Norway game if results across Europe go their way over the next two nights.
But Magennis, who scored Northern Ireland's goal in added time last night, says the men in green are determined to control their own destiny.
He said: "We are more than confident going to Oslo despite this defeat.
"Losing to Germany wasn't so much a disappointment but more of a learning curve because we were playing against the best team in the world. It was important after we went two down in the second half that we didn't capitulate because goal difference could play a huge part in making sure we reach the play-offs. We are now on plus five goal difference so we go into the Norway game with a healthy figure in that column."
“This country, especially during the last two campaigns, is used to winning and we are looking forward going to Norway and finishing this campaign with a victory. The second half show against Germany will give us the confidence to produce a performance on Sunday that will claim the win.”
Northern Ireland, currently ranked 20th in the world, could also ensure they are seeded for the play-offs if they beat Norway — which would mean they could avoid European heavyweights such as Italy and Portugal.
Magennis stresses that is a huge motivation for O’Neill’s men.
The Charlton striker added: “The seeding is what we want. To be seeded wouldn’t give us an easier game but we could go into the game on the front foot because we have been recognised as one of the top four teams out of eight in the play-offs.
“Obviously with the ranking we have, we are in a good position but hopefully if we get the good result we desperately want in Oslo then we should have a great chance of claiming a seeding.
“It’s so important because we could miss some of the big hitters and with us being so resilient away from home and strong at Windsor, with the fantastic fans behind us, we should have a big chance — if we make the play-offs.”
On last night’s showdown with Germany, Magennis added: “Obvioiusly it was nice to score against the World champions. Any goal from any our players would have been great, especially after we created so many chances in the second half.
“Michael needed to switch it up at half time and he showed he’s not afraid to do that with the decisions he made. We looked a much improved side in the second half and I thought Kyle Lafferty worked up there like a trojan. We knew if we were going to get anything out of the game we would have to put everything into it and every player is absolutely knackered. But you have to give your all when playing a side of the quality of Germany.”