McGlinchey stars for All Whites

On song ... New Zealand players celebrate one of Michael McGlinchey's two goals (Getty Images)

Michael McGlinchey is happy to rate it as his best performance in an All Whites jersey after grabbing two goals in a 3-0 win over Tahiti in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The Central Coast Mariners midfielder put New Zealand ahead in the third minute in Christchurch with a shot from the edge of the box.

After Chris Killen made it 2-0 in the 90th minute, McGlinchey added the icing in stoppage-time with a superb 25-metre strike that curled inside the far post.

"I think when you score two goals, you can say that's your best game, especially when you don't get too many of them," he said.

The double took McGlinchey's goal tally to three in 20 internationals.

But it wasn't just the fact that he found back of the net that made the 25-year-old the man of the match.

He was a stand-out in the middle of the park, winning plaudits from coach Ricki Herbert and skipper Ryan Nelsen.

"That's what Ricki's been asking me to do, to control the midfield, and get forward when I can," McGlinchey said.

"I've been relatively pleased with how I've been playing in the last year-and-a-half in the All Whites jersey.

"I feel like I'm established in the team, and I think that that's helping my form."

Herbert said McGlinchey showed 'a bit of class' with his performance at AMI Stadium.

Nelsen said it was one of the best games he had seen McGlinchey produce for New Zealand.

That was despite a difficult pitch that Nelsen said felt like glue and a physical opponent which he described as reckless at times.

"He just controlled it and I thought that third goal was incredible," he said.

"No keeper in the world would have saved that third goal."

New Caledonia thumped Solomon Islands 5-0 in the day's other qualifier.