Steven Davis is confident Northern Ireland can build on Tuesday’s spirited display in Tel-Aviv as they look to a brighter future.
Davis scored a second half equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw with Israel, bringing the curtain down on an uninspiring World Cup qualifying campaign for Michael O’Neill’s side.
Encouraging results against Russia and Portugal were countered by disappointing defeats to Luxembourg and Azerbaijan.
Despite finishing fifth of six teams in Group F, skipper Davis believes Northern Ireland should glean the positives as they look ahead to the 2016 European Championship qualifiers which kick-off next year.
“It was important for us to finish the group on high,” Davis said.
“We had spoken about that before the game because there has been a lot of work put into the campaign with little reward.
“We’ve been able to compete in each and every game but we haven’t really had the results to show that.
“This gives us something to build on for the future but I thought this time we got a decent result back.”
The Irish Football Association’s next objective will be finalising a new contract with manager O’Neill.
O’Neill appears to be closing in on a new two-year deal to take Northern Ireland into the Euro qualifying campaign.
IFA chiefs remain keen on the former midfielder remaining at the helm, with a deal expected to be completed early next month.
O’Neill’s next assignment could be a friendly date in November.