Claude Puel was pleased by his side’s incisive second-half display in the 3-1 victory over Burnley.
After a number of chances were spurned in the first-half, Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond struck to see off the Clarets, with Sam Vokes’ penalty providing consolation.
“It was a good result. It was the first game after the international break and it’s always difficult to play that first game,” said Puel.
“We played a good, strong team in defence and we could see the difficulties of the play.
“After the injury to Matt Targett, we lost the ball too quickly and that’s not how we usually play.
“In the second-half I saw a very good team and it was a pleasure to watch.”
Saints registered 34 shots and found Burnley stopper Tom Heaton in inspired form at times.
And Puel felt his side were allowed to play with more freedom after breaking the deadlock against the Clarets.
Puel added: “It’s always difficult to have chances and not score because Burnley are dangerous on the counter attack.
“It was important to find the solution and open the scoring because after it was easier to play and find space on the pitch.
“We came back with good intentions and to play good football and move the ball around the pitch.”