By Mike Slane, Goal.com

The U.S. soccer team made the nation proud on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and at the same time gained some breathing room in World Cup qualifying.

Needing a win to remain in striking distance of advancing to the next round, Jurgen Klinsmann's squad bounced back from last week's devastating loss to Jamaica with a dominating 1-0 victory over the Reggae Boyz Tuesday night at Columbus Crew Stadium.

After four games in Group A, the United States, Jamaica and Guatemala are tied at the top with seven points apiece. The top two in the group advance to the Hexagonal.

Jamaica defeated the USA for the first time ever Friday, handing the Americans a 2-1 loss in Kingston. Rudolph Austin and Luton Shelton scored on free kicks to counter Clint Dempsey's first-minute strike.

But the Americans got their revenge at home.

The U.S. entered Ohio with a sense of urgency as it attacked Jamaica's backline from the opening kick, hitting the woodwork three times with its first six shots.

In the fifth minute, Graham Zusi and Steve Cherundolo worked a great combination before Zusi hit the crossbar. Moments later, Cherundolo had his shot deflected off Jamaican goalkeeper Dwayne Miller and into the post, followed by Danny Williams ripping a long-range effort off the upper 90 posts.

Somehow the teams entered the half in a scoreless draw, but Miller wouldn't stay lucky for much longer.

Gomez finally gave the U.S. the breakthrough the team had been looking for after Dempsey drew a free kick outside the center of the box. The Santos Laguna forward stepped up and fired nicely to finally get one past the diving Miller, who should have been able to make the save.

The U.S. held on the rest of the way despite a late push from Jamaica, which had been quiet offensively throughout the night in front of a sold-out crowd on Sept. 11.

The U.S. improved to 11-1-8 all-time against Jamaica, scoring 33 goals while allowing 12, despite playing without injured midfielders Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan.

The USA has two games remaining in this round of World Cup qualifying: Oct. 12 at Antigua & Barbuda and Oct. 16 Guatemala in Kansas City.

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  • Clint Dempsey, Adrian Mariappa

    United States' Clint Dempsey, left, shoots past Jamaica's Adrian Mariappa during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • United States players, including Jozy Altidore, celebrate their 1-0 win over Jamaica in a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Dane Richards, Brek Shea

    Jamaica's Dane Richards, right, and United States' Brek Shea chase a loose ball during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. The United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Nyron Nosworthy, Herculez Gomez

    Jamaica's Nyron Nosworthy, left, keeps the ball away from United States' Herculez Gomez during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. The United States defeated Jamaica 1-0. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra

    United States' Tim Howard, right, and Carlos Bocanegra celebrate their 1-0 win over Jamaica in a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Ryan Johnson, Carlos Bocanegra

    Jamaica's Ryan Johnson, left, and United States' Carlos Bocanegra jump for a header during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. The United States defeated Jamaica 1-0. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Herculez Gomez, Lovel Palmer

    United States' Herculez Gomez, left, and Jamaica's Lovel Palmer fight for a loose ball during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • United States players celebrate a goal by Herculez Gomez against Jamaica during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. The United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Nyron Nosworthy, Fabian Johnson

    Jamaica's Nyron Nosworthy, right, kicks the ball away from United States' Fabian Johnson during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Taylor

    United States' Clint Dempsey, left, and Jamaica's Jermaine Taylor fight for a loose ball during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Jose Torres, Omar Cummings

    United States' Jose Torres, right, tries to clear the ball past Jamaica's Omar Cummings during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

  • Steve Cherundolo, Omar Cummings

    United States' Steve Cherundolo, left, and Jamaica's Omar Cummings chase a loose ball during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)