It was always going to be the case that Scotland would avoid a historic first fifth consecutive defeat considering the strength of the opposition.
But the manner of the 6-0 thrashing of San Marino goes a little way to lift the national depression that swept in after Thursday's 4-0 drubbing in Moscow.
The real test of whether Steve Clarke's side are showing progress will come next month in Cyprus on 16 November, with Kazakhstan travelling to Hampden three days later.
Those three are contesting third place behind Belgium and Russia, who have taken the two qualification spots.
More importantly, Clarke's side will be hoping to gather momentum ahead of the Nations League play-offs in March, when they could find a back door into the Euro 2020 finals.
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