The scale of Northern Ireland's achievement in Bosnia last Thursday night should not be underestimated.
It must go down as one of our finest ever away victories in Irish FA history.
To go to Bosnia, a team packed full of dangerous attacking players, and secure a passage through to the Play-Off Final was most impressive.
There was no second chance, so the character and fortitude that the players showed to fight back after going a goal down was tremendous. I am so proud of them.
The detail, planning and preparation from manager Ian Baraclough was perfect, even down to bringing Conor Washington and Liam Boyce on with only a few seconds left in extra-time to take penalties. He was basically saying to the two boys, 'I have total faith you will score'.
But I must admit, I can now totally empathise with those Northern Ireland fans who were sent on an emotional rollercoaster during the last few games of those qualifiers.
It's so much easier playing than watching because I always felt when I was on the pitch I could contribute in controlling proceedings. On the pitch, I was pretty calm, but the other night watching the boys, it was nerve-wracking and I was anxious at times because you couldn't do anything about it.
Of course it was disappointing to go a goal down when the situation could have been averted, however let's not dwell on that when there were so many positive aspects, including largely nullifying players from Barcelona, AC Milan and Roma, and looking cool and assured.
Josh Magennis came close to equalising almost immediately with a header but was denied by a world-class save, we showed great character and resolve, our shape was good and then Niall McGinn took a chance on Josh's header, used his agility to beat two defenders and then composed himself to slot home for the equaliser.
It vindicated Baraclough's decision to start him - even though Niall hadn't started an away fixture for five years. But he showed a hunger in training, practically demanding to be selected, and I love that.
Jonny Evans and Stuart Dallas were two massive players for us, but this was a team effort and I thought Baraclough showed good game-management with his substitutions.
I know Jordan Jones and Jordan Thompson wouldn't have liked to have been subbed after being a sub themselves, but the team must always come first and as the manager admitted afterwards, they were selfless.
I've never had to take a penalty during a shoot-out so I can't imagine what the pressure and intensity would have been like, but credit to the manager again for making sure penalties were included in the training sessions leading up to the game.
Huge respect to the guys for sticking their hands up to take one and what a terrific double-handed save by Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Haris Hajradinovic to hand us an advantage.
Considering what was at stake, the pressure and the standard of firepower in the opposition, this was an outstanding win for Northern Ireland.
But the good thing from a Northern Ireland perspective is that the team can still go up one or two gears and provided we can keep our main guys fit and healthy, I think they will against Slovakia.
The Slovaks will pose a similar threat to Bosnia and depending on the situation in Italy, they may have some of their key players back like Napoli's Stanislav Lobotka, who missed the win over the Republic due to quarantine rules.
There is now a renewed belief in the Northern Ireland camp, I can sense it. It is similar to Michael O'Neill's time when we turned up for every game believing we would win.
Victory over Bosnia will have created an unbreakable bond between these players, manager and coaching staff and now their goal is within touching distance.
I have every confidence they will do it and it could be another very special night at Windsor Park on November 12.
It's pleasing that 600 supporters will be permitted into tonight's game against Austria and I know those fans will be vocal and let the players and managers hear how incredibly proud they are of their achievements against Bosnia.
It's just a pity more fans couldn't be in the ground due to the Covid restrictions because the players deserve the acclaim.
Hopefully that can be rectified for the Final and the players can receive the amazing support they deserve.
What a transformation from Jordan Jones in the last month.
Written off at Rangers, there were many who believed he was finished at Ibrox.
But he has never lost faith, put the head down, worked hard and when given another opportunity by boss Steven Gerrard, he has recently taken it.
I'm thrilled for Jordan and regular game time at Rangers can only help Northern Ireland's cause.
I felt he was going to score the winner for us in extra-time out in Bosnia when the defenders backed off and he sent in a swirling low shot with so much power that when the keeper saved it, I was surprised his shoulder was still attached to his body.
Jordan Jones, full of confidence, can be a top player for Rangers and Northern Ireland.
Austria will prove a formidable challenge for us tonight but let's be honest, all the focus is now on the Euro 2020 Play-Off Final against Slovakia next month.
The players and management will toe the party line and say all games are important when you play for your country, but believe me, as a player, their mindset has already shifted to Slovakia next month. The game is just so important and the reward is huge.
These two games coming up against Austria and Norway will have no bearing on the Final and as I pointed out last week, three international games in the space of six days is ludicrous.
Ian Baraclough will need to manage this situation. The players will still want to play, but welfare will come into sharp focus and now the Norwegians are out of the Euros, it will be interesting to see if their big hitters stay around for the Nations League.