Cuco Martina was pleased to grasp his opportunity to impress against Sparta Praha with both hands.
The Southampton right-back was handed his first start of the season by manager Claude Puel against the Czech side in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.
Martina set up Charlie Austin for his second goal of the night and the defender was delighted to contribute to an important win for the team.
“I haven’t played for a long time and to be able to play a game like this is great for me,” Martina said.
“The coach gave me a chance and I took it with both hands. I have showed him that I can play for the team and help the team.
“I just want to keep improving and show the coach that I can play. I hope that he could see that.
“I just did my job. I need to play well for the team. We haven’t won this season before this win, so it’s a very good feeling.
“I can see the group are happy now and I think now if we can show that same spirit we will be okay.”
Saints are back in action on Sunday afternoon against Swansea City, and Martina has highlighted the game’s importance.
“I think that a first win in the Premier League is more important,” he added.
“Last year we did well and we need to keep the same feeling, so we need to win games in that competition as soon as we can.”