Brighton defender Shane Duffy believes the spirit has returned in the Irish camp.
The Republic of Ireland managed a gritty 1-0 win over Georgia in their Euro 2020 qualifier. A Conor Hourihane freekick was enough to win the game.
And Duffy was delighted with how the whole team dug in to get a result.
Duffy said to reporters: "He [manager Mick McCarthy] was just delighted. He wanted the Irish fighting spirit back and I think that's what we showed.
"The players have got a new lift here and you could see that in some of the performances, which were superb.
"We can only do what's in front of us. We've taken care of our first two games. No one really remembers the performances once you've got the win.
"It's a good start and now we can build on it. All of us are looking forward to coming back again. It's a fresh start for everyone. Exciting times, hopefully."