David Meyler says captaining the Republic of Ireland to a World Cup play-off is "probably the best moment of my football career."
Martin O'Neill's side executed a crucial Group D victory over Wales on Monday, and will discover their opposition in the play-off when the draw takes place next next Tuesday, 17 October, in Switzerland.
This was Meyler's second consecutive appearance as captain of Ireland, and speaking after the win in Cardiff, he said it was a special moment for him.
"It's probably the best moment of my football career. My debut for Ireland is probably up there as well but to captain a team in Wales and beat Wales, and we needed to win - it's superb," he told RTÉ Sport.
"I'm proud to be leading the lads out. For the whole of Ireland it's a massive win but we've got the play-offs next and we've got to win."
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Meyler emphasised the squad's belief ahead of the tie and said that while the players intend to savour this victory, the focus must now shift to the next step of their World Cup journey.
"I said when I came in last Sunday that the doom and gloom is created by the press. We believe in ourselves and believe each other. The manager believes in us and we believe in the manager. We knew that we could beat come to Wales and get a result.
"We knew we could win. When we came in we had to focus on Moldova, we did and we got the job done and we started preparing for this game.
"We want to enjoy tonight but preparations start for the play-off now because we want to go to the World Cup."