Gordon Strachan believes calming his own anxiety may be more of an issue than dealing with his players' apprehension as Scotland build on their friendly victory over Estonia and try to resurrect their World Cup qualifying campaign. More meaningful matches lie in wait in March, with Wales visiting Hampden Park before Scotland travel immediately to Serbia for another World Cup qualifier.
"I will need to prepare myself for that Wales game, that is for sure," said Strachan, whose Scotland side currently lie bottom of Group A, a predicament that cost his predecessor Craig Levein his job.
"I was nervous, emotional and excited at the same time – it all got mixed up there. We have looked at things like how do we want to play football when we get to these games. Estonia are a bit different from the teams coming up. We only started thinking about them [Estonia] on Tuesday night.
"I would love to have had more time to work with the players because there is talent there. You need to build up confidence in everything. You need to practise and practise. If you want to improve then you must look to play on the front foot, play balls into players with ability and to make our passing nice and sharp. We need to keep working on that.
"I won't know until we start playing the other teams if we are in a false group position. We will find out then."
Strachan was no more than content with his team's performance in the Estonia win, which arrived courtesy of a first-half Charlie Mulgrew goal. The stand-out performer in the Scotland team was Birmingham City's winger Chris Burke, who tormented the visiting defence before being withdrawn at half-time.
"I thought we could have done even better," Strachan added. "There were times when we got players into positions but the boys on the ball couldn't see them. We need to work at that."
Burke had not appeared for his country since May 2006, due to a combination of being overlooked and personal circumstances that dictated he was not in Scotland's plans. At 29, he could well play a prominent role under Strachan.
"I honestly didn't have a clue how long Chris had been out of the Scotland set-up," Strachan insisted. "I would have said a year or a year and a half. It shows what I am like – if they look good then I am not fussed. He has been playing well at Birmingham.
"My people, my assistant manager at Celtic [Garry Pendre] goes to every Birmingham game. He says Burke is the best player Birmingham have got, along with Curtis Davies. I have also seen him many times live as well. He had to be brave, especially on a surface like we had in Aberdeen. He seems a happy and content man now. I thought I would take him off at half-time because that is as good as it gets."
Scotland's manager also suggested an attacking style may be necessary from now on. Strachan has limited defensive options but a host of players who can play in advanced midfield roles: "You look at the bench and you think: 'Wow, a couple of good players there who can play'. You then look at the other side and there aren't many defenders there."