Concentrating on the business at hand was foremost in Andy Reid's mind as he made his international return against Kazakhstan.
Ireland's final World Cup 2014 qualifier saw the Dubliner pull on the green jersey for the first time in five year. A disagreement with former boss Giovanni Trapattoni resulted in the exile. However, after the departure of the Italian, interim manager Noel King did not hesitate in recalling Reid, praising the player's technical ability.
King named the 31-year-old in the starting XI for Tuesday's game at the Aviva Stadium and while Reid admitted that his international was a proud moment for him, he was determined that the occasion would not get the better of him.
"You have to put the emotion of it all to one side," he told RTÉ Sport.
"There is a job to be done on the pitch and you must be professional. I think I did my best tonight. It is great to be back involved again and getting the win makes it all the more sweeter."
After going a goal down to Kazakhstan, Reid was impressed with the Irish response.
"They made it difficult for us at times and they got off to a great start. Their goal was a wonder strike. Yet we hit back straight away. We scored three goals on the night, and we could have had a few more. The win was fully deserved."
"There is a job to be done on the pitch and you must be professional" - Andy Reid
Looking to the future, the Nottingham Forest midfilder is hopeful that even better days lie ahead.
"We have some good young players coming through. The new manager coming in will look to gel everything together and have the side playing attractive football.
"Maybe more fans will start coming to matches and so help re-create the spirit of old."