Not only for the Socceroos, who were quick to celebrate with the striker – including goalkeeper Mat Ryan – but also for the marker
Maclaren, so prolific at club level, was making his tenth appearance almost three years after his debut in May 2016.
The 26-year-old had not scored at that time, however, and by his own admission it was a 'wait he was playing in his mind.
"I've been the most consistent Club-wide top scorer for Australian strikers in the last three years," Maclaren said.
"It has not just happened for the national team, but now it has and it's time for me to go up and kick. " At club level I'm very happy with my goal-to-game ratio, but at the level of national begins to reach you.
"When you have a lot of guys around you, I knew it was about to come."
Maclaren's goal ends any comparison between him and former Socceroo forward Scott McDonald.
Despite a prolific club-level career, McDonald could not find the back of the net once in his 26 appearances at Socceroos.
With the goal-scoring monkey, Maclaren will now aim to keep his place in Graham Arnold's starting XI for the last game of Tuesday's group against Syria at Al Ain.
Andrew Nabbout should be in shape from the groin that kept him out for the first two games, while Apostolos Giannou also gave Arnold food for thought when he left the bench and scored the third in Australia 3 ̵
"I love Jamie as a player.Your movement in the box is always very, very good.It just needs a little bit of belief, it needs trust," Arnold said.
"For Jamie and also for Apo to come and score as he did, it is very promising.
" When you have a competition for the seats it creates a very competitive environment and one that pushes players to another level. "