Tottenham received the perfect confidence booster ahead of Sunday's trip to Wembley when a debut goal from Jamie O'Hara fired Juande Ramos' side past Slavia Prague and into the UEFA Cup last 16.
Following last week's 2-1 first leg success Spurs came through 3-2 on aggregate after this 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane to set them on their way for Sunday's League Cup final clash with north London neighbours Chelsea.
Spurs' reward is a last 16 date with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.
These are heady times at Spurs with the feelgood factor uncorked by Ramos, the Spaniard who is seeking his third straight UEFA Cup title after back-to-back wins with Sevilla.
Ramos recalled keeper Paul Robinson for his first outing in 10 games in place of Radek Cerny whose blunder led to Slavia's goal in the first leg last week. And England manager Fabio Capello was on hand to keep tabs on the England keeper.
Striker Robbie Keane started on the bench with Darren Bent joining Dimitar Berbatov in attack. Slavia welcomed back midfielder Matej Krajcik after suspension.
It took Spurs just seven minutes to tighten their grip on the tie when Berbatov set up O'Hara with the 21-year-old midfielder's 20-yard left-footed strike taking a deflection off Martin Latka before flying past keeper Michal Vorel.
Vorel did well to deal with Tom Huddlestone's thumping shot shortly after with Aaron Lennon pouncing on the rebound only for his shot to go wide.
Ramos brought Keane on for Berbatov at the start of the second half and the Republic of Ireland international soon had the ball in the back of the net, but his effort was rightly ruled offside.
Just when Spurs' thoughts might have started drifting off to Sunday's visit to Wembley Slavia jolted their composure with a 51st minute equaliser when Krajcik poked the ball in at the far post after Daniel Pudil's cross from the left that had the home defence all at sea.
That set up a tense run in for Tottenham. Slavia's David Strihavka went close when he hit the post with a volley and only a fine one-handed reflex save from Robinson denied Milan Ivana's freekick.
But Spurs held firm to keep alive their dream of lifting their first European title in almost two and a half decades.