Northern Ireland got their Nations League campaign off to a promising start with a 1-1 draw against Romania and Ian Baraclough has a point as international boss.
Here's how three of our most famous international stars saw the game unfold on Friday night...
It was just the result needed to ease Ian Baraclough into senior international management.
Northern Ireland displayed great battling qualities under former manager Michael O'Neill, and those habits were still there in abundance as the team salvaged a 1-1 Nations League draw against Romania in Bucharest.
It was fitting that one of Ian's Under-21 protégés Gavin Whyte grabbed that late equaliser.
They did it against all the odds, having to play for nearly an hour with only 10 men following the dismissal of Josh Magennis.
Great credit to Ian because his plans were thrown into chaos so early on. Sometimes when you are reduced to 10 men it's easy to push the panic button and start making changes there and then - but he didn't.
He stuck to the game plan which they worked at going into the game, and he made the changes at the right time. He introduced Whyte, which turned out to be a brilliant substitution, climaxed by his late equaliser.
Considering where the team was at half-time - a goal down and a man down - it was a point they probably thought they wouldn't get.
They stayed in the game, which was a great achievement - they gave themselves a chance to dig something out at the end.
Josh can feel harshly treated regarding his dismissal, especially for his second yellow card when he simply tangled with the Romanian player.
There are many positives Ian will take out of the game.
Obviously, young Daniel Ballard was a big plus for him. I thought he had a great game, not having played international football at senior level before. I know he cramped up towards the end, but he showed why the manager had faith in him.
There was a fair sprinkling of Ian's Under-21 side involved with Shayne Lavery and Joel Cooper on the substitutes' bench, with Jamal Lewis and Bailey Peacock-Farrell making an outstanding contribution to the result. There is a great youthfulness about the side, and Paddy McNair is still only a young lad as well.
One thing Northern Ireland always do is go right to the final whistle and it was great that Gavin popped up with a really big goal for us.
I was also delighted to see Kyle Lafferty introduced in the second half. He made a great impact with a big nod down to create the equaliser for Gavin.
People keep asking the question, 'How important is he to the international team?'
I have no doubt that if Kyle is bang on it, he is hugely important to the side - which he proved when he came on.
The team should now approach the Norway game oozing confidence.
Maybe the only frustrating thing for the players and for the new manager is that his first home game is going to be in an empty stadium.
Given the atmosphere that can be generated at Windsor Park these days, it would have been great to have the fans in full voice. The Northern Ireland supporters have always been the extra man, certainly at home.
Some of the players have been used to playing behind closed doors for the last few months, so hopefully it doesn't create a problem.
The 10 men gave a positive performance and got a hugely positive result, so everyone should be relishing tomorrow's game.
Well done young Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who came of age in international football in Bucharest on Friday night.
The Burnley goalkeeper was outstanding in the Nations League tie against Romania and his performance undoubtedly helped 10-man Northern Ireland nick an unlikely point.
It was backs to the wall at times, but the 23-year-old looked assured and confident as he marshalled his back line.
Ironically, the first-half goal he conceded - after pulling off an initial wonder save - which was scored by George Puscas looked fractionally offside to me.
Considering Bailey hadn't played a competitive game since November, it was a fantastic performance.
His concentration levels were top class and he made at least three or four brilliant saves.
He kept Northern Ireland in the match at times, and he gave his team-mates the opportunity to hang on to gain a valuable point.
If you want to get big results away from home, that's what you need - a goalkeeper in top form.
I remember Tommy Wright doing something similar in my playing days when we were away in Germany. He was a brick wall, making save after save.
Young Bailey's display brought those memories back to me.
It was Northern Ireland's first point in the Nations League, which gets a monkey off their backs - and to do it with 10 men was immense.
I thought Josh Magennis was unfortunate to be sent off - they were two soft yellows. Things like that happen every day in English football. He should never have been booked for the second incident.
There is no question it put a lot of added pressure on his team-mates, but they stood up to the test.
I was pleased Ian Baraclough had such a good start. It looked as though it was going to be a baptism of fire for him with Josh sent off so early on and then losing a goal before the break.
Fair play to the lads, they dug in. There were a lot of pluses from the game for Ian - something he can build on. He appeared to carry on where Michael O'Neill left off.
But perhaps that's not a total surprise because he was in charge of the U21s for three years or so.
A lot of the players in the team came through Ian at Under-21 level. Young Daniel Ballard is a prime example. He was thrown into the international cauldron away from home and he performed superbly well.
So, there wasn't that big a transition - there was a lot of continuity there.
Don't forget we were missing Jonny Evans, who is such an important part of the group.
I don't know what the circumstances for his absence were, but we can't afford to lose players of that quality for big games.
The result sets us up nicely for the Norway game at Windsor Park tomorrow night. The only thing missing will be the Green and White Army, who are so crucial to the team, especially at home.
Players, however, are becoming accustomed to playing in empty grounds.
One thing is for sure, there will be no lack of confidence after the result against Romania.
I felt my good pal Josh Magennis was naive in getting sent off on Friday night.
I agree with the majority, the two bookings he received from French referee Francois Letexier were harsh, but I'm afraid this is international football.
I know there were complaints that Letexier constantly blew his whistle for the slightest thing and it made the game awful to watch at times, but I'm not in the least bit surprised and neither should any of our players. Officials at international level have been doing this for quite some time. It is though some powers that be want to make international football a non-contact sport.
I felt Josh, after being booked for an innocuous challenge, should have been smart, more aware and not put himself in a position where the ref had an opportunity to show him a second yellow. He led with his arm and even though there was minimal contact, the Romanian made the most of it and it seemed Letexier couldn't wait to get the card out.
But if Josh had to walk, then so did Ianis Hagi minutes later - if the referee was showing any consistency. The Rangers man had already been booked when he caught Stuart Dallas with a high boot. As players we were told by officials that if you have your foot at head height or above then that is considered out of control and dangerous. The numbers should have been evened out.
Yet the Northern Ireland players didn't feel sorry for themselves or wilt, they showed tremendous grit, even though they were under the cosh for large periods.
The Romanians were peppering our goal in the first 20 minutes of the second half.
However, I just felt when Corry Evans slid in and tipped a cross onto his post and then Bailey Peacock-Farrell made some saves he probably had no right in saving, it galvanised the team, even with 10 men, and we were going to get something out of the game.
You always get a chance, even if it is just one, and I could tell the belief was growing in the team.
Suddenly our delivery into the box improved, and we started to pass the ball better and keep possession.
Josh had been selected ahead of Gavin Whyte for his height. Without Jonny Evans in the team we are a very small side and offer no major threat from set-pieces.
But with Josh off, Ian Baraclough had little option but to go to 4-4-1 and then his inspired substitutions, Kyle Lafferty and Whyte, combined. It was pleasing and I felt it was important the players stuck together in a time of adversity.
The spirit that was there under Michael O'Neill obviously remains and I can tell that the players are comfortable already under manager Baraclough.
It was a good point considering the circumstances, a decent work-out, but the players and management must know there is plenty to work on.
I look forward to an improved performance against Norway tomorrow night.