Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington praised his side's "solid performance" in their 0-0 draw with Scotland.
"We set our stall out to get something from the game as our performances and results in qualifying games away from home have not been good," he said.
"We set out a blueprint to get points away from home and the players worked hard, passed well and were resilient.
"We had to change our shape when we were reduced to 10 men and I thought Ryan McGivern's red card was harsh."
Worthington said his side showed "energy and quality" and is happy with the strength in depth of his panel.
"Considering that we had four or five key players missing, the players that came in did very well and that is refreshing.
"We are under no illusions about the task we face in our first qualifier against Slovakia in Bratislava but if we go there with the right attitude and discipline, and keep our shape, then we can get a result."
David Healy confirmed that the Northern Ireland manager "wanted us to come away from home and dig in".
"We could have won but Allan McGregor saved my penalty, which he is good at," said Healy.
"We came here to do a job as Nigel wanted us to change our formation so that we are a bit more defensive away from home and can pick up points," added Jonny Evans.
"There is a good team spirit in the camp and we can build on that."
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