A positive breeze is flowing around the Italy camp, despite the 1-1 draw against Paraguay on Monday night as players reflect on the result.
Daniele De Rossi rescued his side from the clutches of defeat after Antolin Alcaraz gave his side a first half lead at Green Point.
But, the fightback from the Italians has instilled belief in Mauro Camoranesi who feels they will top the group.
"I am happy, why should we be pessimistic? We are playing at the World Cup and this was our first game," he told Sky Sport Italia.
"We are optimistic and there are still two games to go so there are good hopes. We are convinced we will get through the group first."
Team-mate Vincenzo Iaquinta is thinking on the same wavelength, but he has taken a slightly more cautious approach.
"We played well, but now we have to think about New Zealand. We will do better in the next game. We are favourites on paper, but we have to be careful," he said.
Federico Marchetti replaced the injured Gianluigi Buffon at half-time. He was not troubled too much, and is pleased with his World Cup debut.
"I was ready as Buffon said he had a problem in the warm up," said Marchetti.
"But, I tried to focus straight away. Buffon told me to stay calm and he reassured me. It's normal that things are different when you play in these games, but I stayed focussed and this helped."
One thing that didn't help is the Jabulani football. It has received a storm of protests since its introduction, and Marchetti offered his view.
"It's a difficult ball because it has a strange trajectory. You always have to be ready in case it changes direction," he concluded.
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