Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane believes the confidence boost of winning the Carling Nations Cup could prove vital for his team.
The 30-year-old scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium to win the tournament.
"The most important thing is to get a win and get the confidence up, all you want to is come into a camp and get that confidence, two wins in a week will do that," said Keane.
"It's a great build-up for Macedonia."
Giovanni Trapattoni's team won all three of their matches without conceding a goal and Keane, who scored his 49th international goal in the game, says morale will be high.
Next up for the Republic is a Euro 2012 qualifier away in Macedonia on Saturday.
Full-back Stephen Kelly saw the win over Scotland as good preparation.
"It is a great week for us, clean sheets all week and great build-up for Macedonia, a great boost for the squad.
"It was great to get the right result and we are delighted to celebrate something like this in our home stadium," said Kelly.