On an afternoon of Socceroos firsts, it was Andrew Nabbout and Daniel Arzani that had cause to celebrate the most.
Nabbout grabbed a first goal for Australia after three caps in a display that should see the ex-Newcastle Jets winger head to Russia as a legitimate contender to lead Australia's line.
And teenage talent Arzani can no longer be referred to as a Socceroos prospect, having debuted in the Austrian sun at St Polten's NV Arena.
Nabbout scored Australia's second in a 4-0 defeat of Czech Republic, rattling a defender out of possession and turning his man to strike home.
It was a classic poacher's effort and one the 25-year-old revelled in.
"It's very special," he said.
"Especially considering that a couple of months ago I wasn't on the radar.
"Now to be in here and to get my first goal is unbelievable. It's so special. Just to pull on that jersey is so special."
Nabbout's transformation from A-League obscurity to Socceroos striker has been remarkable.
Just six months ago, he was a winger in an A-League side largely tipped to struggle.
Now the prestigious J-League is home and he could see himself starting against the mighty French side on June 16 when Australia kick off their World Cup campaign.
Not that he's counting his chickens of even going to Russia just yet.
"It's a huge confidence booster for me (if) I get that chance," he said.
"That's up to he coach, who he selects in the 23 and who he wants to start with up top.
"If I get that honour I'll work as hard as I can, like I did today, and try and get the best out of it and put France under pressure because they've got some very big names."
Arzani's prospects aren't quite as positive.
If the squad was selected on potential ability, he'd be the first one on the plane.
But the 19-year-old is competing against more established names in a more competitive part of the Australian line-up.
A decision will come in the next two days but for now, the Melbourne City flier was happy just to pull on the gold shirt.
"I'm buzzing," he said.
"It's been a lifelong dream for me and I'm really happy and humbled.
"Definitely there's anxiety (about the squad selection) but it's having that inner peace in yourself.
"I've done the hard work now. There's nothing else I can do. It's up to the coaching staff to decide."