Claude Puel praised his defence for ensuring the team held onto a deserved three points against Swansea City on Sunday.
Southampton prevailed 1-0 at St Mary’s, thanks to Charlie Austin’s second-half strike, although the final scoreline should have been far more comfortable.
Saints’ failure to fully capitalise on the extent of their chances meant a somewhat nervy conclusion to the game, but a solid defensive performance, coupled with Fraser Forster’s superb late save from Gylfi Sigurdsson, ensured they did not let their advantage slip.
Having failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous 16 top-flight games – a run that stretched back, coincidentally, to a 1-0 win away to Swansea last February – Puel was delighted to see his side stand firm.
"At the end of the game, when you are just one goal up, it is difficult to resist, because the opponent believes it is possible if you haven't made the difference before,” he told Southampton’s official YouTube channel.
“But we kept this result and it was very important. Fraser made a good save just at the end of the game.
“I think normally we have to score four or five goals in this game, but it was not possible and it was important to keep this result.”