With Wales now the worst second-placed team of the groups, at least four points will be needed from the last two games to both ensure second place and, hopefully, be one of the eight teams that contest the play-offs for the World Cup finals.
The fact the top two, Ireland and Serbia, were meeting in Dublin added intrigue to the evening, but Wales knew they had to look after themselves to stay in the reckoning for a finals place in Russian Federation next summer.
"When we came in it was start of transition period when John Toshack was bringing through lot of younger players to build for the future".
"We have to do the same again in Moldova (on Tuesday)".
"It's a good recipe that hopefully can help us".
He was quickly embraced in celebration by the man who holds the record, Gareth Bale, as Wales revived their hopes of making the finals in Russian Federation next summer.
Woodburn and Wales travel away to Moldova tonight.
"Absolutely not", he said, when asked if the defeat spelled the end of Ireland's chances.
Moldova manager Igor Dobrovolski insists his team can upset Wales' World Cup ambitions.
Wales can continue to dream of qualifying for a first World Cup since 1958 after late goals snatched a nail-biting 2-0 win over Moldova in Chisinau.
Moldova have lost five of their seven qualifiers and are yet to register a win.
"I have a small goal now (in this World Cup campaign) and it is to win", Dobrovolski said at his pre-match press conference.
Andy King expects Ben Woodburn to have a big future with Wales after his dramatic introduction to worldwide football. Walking with the ball, you know a bit like Marcus Rashford did late on in the game.
Despite their travails in the group - Moldova's only points have come from two draws against Georgia - a 10,400-capacity crowd is expected at the compact Zimbru Stadium. So for him to come on in a game where it was frustrating for us most of the evening, and to do what he did, then he needs another huge pat on the back.
"I am sure he will go on to do big things for us because he is comfortable at this level".
With the Irish hosting Serbia in their next match, there is an opportunity for Wales to make up ground on at least one of the two teams that are above them in the qualification group.
The 17 year-old has already made a name for himself on the global stage for Wales and the hope is for many Welsh supporters is he can maintain his sensational form for Coleman's men.