Ryan Bertrand says Southampton dug deep to record their first Premier League win of the season against Swansea City at St Mary’s.
Charlie Austin came off the bench to net the only goal of the game as Claude Puel picked up his first victory as Saints manager.
Saints missed a number of chances before Austin finally broke the deadlock, and Bertrand says patience was key in finally getting that first league success.
“It’s a very important win. It was a big game mentally, with us still searching for that first league win of the season,” Bertrand said.
“The boys dug in and we got the win in the end. It was a fully deserved victory. We controlled the game and had plenty of chances.
“We’ll take the one-nil. If you were at the game you could see we created three or four great chances, but that’s football sometimes.
“We got the win in the end and that’s all that matters.”
Having tasted victory on Thursday night in the UEFA Europa League, Bertrand believes that win inspired the team against the Swans.
“A win lifts the team, the training ground and the fans. It brings that positivity again and we thrived on that against Swansea,” Bertrand added.
“It has been really good for us to just get back to business, to be honest.”