Captain Steven Davis hopes Northern Ireland can rise to the occasion when they take on the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park on Saturday evening.
Expectations among Northern Ireland fans have risen in the wake of last month's win in Hungary and another victory against the Faroes would go a long way to improving the team's chances of qualifying for Euro 2016.
Michael O'Neill's side suffered defeats to Azerbaijan and Luxembourg in the World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign and it has often been the way in the past for Northern Ireland to raise their game against the big teams and squander points against the smaller nations.
If we don't come off with three points we will feel as if we have failed and we don't want that to happen.Steven Davis
Southampton star Davis said: "I don't think it is a case of not being able to cope with the expectation level. Players are playing at clubs where there is expectation placed on them.
"I think we need to learn from the mistakes we have made in the past in games like this and we know we are capable of getting a result. It is all about showing that and there is a real determination in the squad to get the three points. It won't be easy.
"If we don't come off with three points we will feel as if we have failed and we don't want that to happen."
Northern Ireland are available at 1/1 to win the match 2-0 and can be backed at 1/1 to keep a clean sheet in the game.
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