Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda has praised his players performances in World Cup qualifying up to this point following his side's 3-1 victory over Chile on Friday.
El Tri have emerged victorious from all their home fixtures to date, and find themselves in third place in the qualification standings as a result.
Rueda has since lauded his side's performances in their own country, but has warned his troops that they are yet to secure qualification.
"The fixtures were all evenly balanced, but we managed to score at just the right time and then see things through once we got ahead," the 55-year old told Fifa's official website.
"Those things influence our opponents as they know they've little margin for error."
Rueda's side have been far less impressive in their away fixtures up to date, having succumbed to a 4-0 defeat to Argentina earlier in the campaign.
However, the Cali native is confident his side's performances will improve with time, citing inexperience as a key aspect in his side's defeats.
"The inexperience of some of the players starting out in the team is a factor," the Colombian explained.
"So for me it's a question of maturing. We lack a bit of cunning, if I can put it that way, to get the job done. But as the players continue to grow I hope to see more results like the [1-1 draw] in Uruguay."
Ecuador's next qualification fixture comes in the form of a trip to Venezuela on October 16.