Davis delighted with victory
Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis believes their 1-0 win over Russia was just reward for all the hard work the team have put in in their World Cup qualification campaign.
Martin Paterson's first-half header ended manager Michael O'Neill's long wait for a victory, and Davis feels it was no less than the home side deserved.
"We tried to make things difficult for them," the Southampton midfielder told Sky Sports.
"We worked hard tonight and it's nice to eventually get a reward for all the hard work put in.
"Russia are the top team in the group, they're a very difficult team to play against. They didn't give away many chances tonight and I thought we were outstanding, we deserved to win.
"Our performances throughout the campaign, we haven't really got the result to go alongside them but tonight we managed to do that."
Goalscorer Paterson added: "It's a great win against a very strong team.
"International football can be difficult, even at home, so we're delighted with the win."