Martin Paterson's first-half header was enough for Northern Ireland to record a memorable win in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifier against Russia in Belfast.
Portsmouth put their administration woes on hold with a 2-1 win over Burnley in a match between the Barclays Premier League's bottom-two sides.
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill hailed the performance of Ashley Young who helped inspire four goals in 13 minutes for a 5-2 comeback win over Burnley.
Aston Villa stepped up their bid to land a UEFA Champions League spot as Stewart Downing's first goals for the club inspired a 5-2 defeat of Burnley.
Afer undergoing surgery for cartilage damage suffered against Barnsley, Burnley forward Martin Paterson has been ruled up to for three months.
Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, a scorer in 5 September's 1-1 draw in Poland in European Zone Group 3, may miss Wednesday's vital clash in Belfast.