Winston Reid is hoping his fantastic form for West Ham United can boost New Zealand's chances of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Reid, who memorably scored the Kiwis' first goal at the 2010 tournament in South Africa, returns to international duty when the All Whites take on New Caledonia on Friday.
The centre-back jumped on a plane hours after helping West Ham to defeat Fulham 3-0 in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday before boarding further flights from Melbourne to Auckland and the New Zealand capital to the Pacific island.
Having missed the OFC Nations Cup - where New Caledonia knocked the All Whites out at the quarter-final stage - and the London 2012 Olympic Games, the 24-year-old is keen to start the third round of Oceania World Cup qualifying with a victory.
"It's a football game like all others. We have to go out and win, we have to go out and win all our games," Reid told TV New Zealand's ONE News at Auckland Airport before boarding the plane to Noumea.
"No game is easy, whether it's playing against France or New Caledonia or whatever, so we're going to have to be ready and we'll have to do our best and we have to win all our games because we have to go back to another World Cup."
Reid is expected to partner Queens Park Rangers centre-back Ryan Nelsen against New Caledonia and again in next Tuesday's qualifier with Solomon Islands in Auckland.
The Hammers No2 is hoping his domestic form and the strong competition for places at the Boleyn Ground will stand him in good stead when he represents his country again.
"I've had a full campaign in the Championship and luckily enough I've been able to start this season as well and it's going well and I'm looking forward to it and just enjoying my football at the moment.
"I'm more mature in my all-round game, there were decisions before that were not too good, but now I'm making better decisions.
"You have to play for your place every week and at training as well. There's nothing granted and if you have a couple of bad games you know you might be on the bench so that's how football is."