But Wales and Chris Coleman have seen their qualifying hopes ruined by defeat in Moldova before.
After a pretty bland and dismal 75 minutes, it looked like Wales were going to be forced to settle for a disappointing 0-0 draw - that is, until Woodburn was summoned from the bench to pull off another of his magic tricks.
Teenager Ben Woodburn enjoyed a dream worldwide debut as he fired Wales to a 1-0 victory over Austria in Cardiff on Saturday to bolster their chances of reaching next year's World Cup.
The Liverpool youngster, who scored on his global debut last Saturday to beat Austria, this time crossed for Hal Robson-Kanu to head Wales in front before Aaron Ramsey's deflected strike in injury time sealed a 2-0 win.
"What a camp for him", said the Stoke player.
"I am happy to see someone new, but I don't know if the manager will pick him to play in the first XI against us. He's Welsh anyway so he's ours".
But he could have opted for England until he made a senior competitive global appearance. "Put the pressure on us - we have the experience to deal with it and we can guide him".
But does he make Bale feel old?
"You could put him in any position and we would rise to the challenge, he's that motivated". Hopefully now he can kick on, keep working hard for the rest of his career. "So we don't want to put pressure on shoulders", the Wales global said.
"Mentally I think we all still feel 17 - me, Joe (Allen), Wayne (Hennessey), Rambo (Aaron Ramsey), all of us. It's been good fun".
Failure to take maximum points from these two games, regardless of events elsewhere, would nearly certainly mean the end of Welsh World Cup hopes; six points from six points, however, and the light at the end of the Group D tunnel would be that much brighter.
It will be a cracking atmosphere in Belfast but you can imagine they will be nervous given how close they are to securing second spot.
"It doesn't matter who scores the goals, it's a team game".
"We weren't going to start him in both games and play him for 90 minutes, we were going to be choosy with when we use him, but he's a good young talent that's for sure".