If they began with the fervour and passion of a team determined to hit the ground running then they were soon pegged back by Austria's ability to control possession and dictate the game.
More likely is that they finish second, something which if it transpires they will have Woodburn to thank.
The winger scored a dramatic victor against Austria five minutes after coming off the bench and put the ball on a plate for Robson-Kanu to score a crucial goal in Chisinau three days later.
If the effort and will to win was exemplified by Bale's last-ditch tackle as an Austrian attacker bore down on goal, then just minutes later it shone through from the stand to the pitch.
Born in Nottingham, but with a Welsh grandfather, Woodburn pledged his allegiance to the Welsh national team, and a conversation with Gareth Bale in 2015 could have been a reason behind his decision.More news: US Pop Icon Madonna confirms she's relocated to Portugal
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Moldova, however, weren't going to go down without a fight and poor defending from Wales nearly led to Radu Ginsari poking home, but luckily for Wales, the chance went begging for the hosts.
Coleman drafted Robson-Kanu into his starting XI in place of Sam Vokes and the West Brom forward nearly repaid his coach's faith immediately, heading Ramsey's corner just past the upright. And I'm sure if he does we'll all let him know!
Wales had never previously won in Moldova, a statistic that proved sobering to those still high on the fervour of Saturday, and were certainly not going to be in for an easy ride from the hosts.
The teenager struck a stunning victor in Wales' 1-0 defeat of Austria before helping overcome a stubborn Moldova, supplying the cross for Hal Robson-Kanu to break the deadlock in a 2-0 victory.
Bale and Co must show their ruthless streak again and keep their foot on the gas all the way to Russian Federation.
The next round of global fixtures takes place after Spurs visit new boys Huddersfield Town on September 30.
Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates after giving Wales the lead in Moldova.
With group rivals Ireland slumping to a 1-0 defeat at home to Serbia, the result lifted Wales into second place ahead of the Irish, with the two sides set to meet in their final qualifying game in Cardiff in October.