A dramatic injury-time winner from Stephen McManus saved boss Craig Levein from a disastrous competitive home debut and prevented Scotland's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign taking a severe blow against Liechtenstein at Hampden, the result an eventual 2-1 win.
Levein had warned not to expect a goal-fest against a team ranked 100 places below the Scots, but the home side only just managed to scrape the three points they desperately needed after claiming a point from their Group I opener in Lithuania.
Liechtenstein captain Mario Frick had more than just his 36th birthday to celebrate when he grabbed a shock opener - and his 15th international goal - for the visitors before Kenny Miller levelled for the shell-shocked Scots.
But it was McManus who had the final say with the decisive goal seven minutes into injury time to steer the campaign back on track and prevent serious questions being asked of Levein.
Meanwhile, Lithuania sprung a major surprise by defeating the Czech Republic 1-0 on home soil in Olomouc - with the help of Milan Baros' penalty miss.
The visitor began its Euro 2012 campaign by drawing with Scotland while the Czechs were playing their first match in Group I, and it was the host which was left unsuccessfully playing catch-up thanks to Darvydas Sernas' 25th-minute header.
Scotland created a huge upset in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying after inflicting a first defeat on high-flying Croatia in Zagreb.