Claude Puel praised a fantastic second half, as Southampton came from behind to beat AFC Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.
After going a goal down early on, Ryan Bertrand’s equaliser shortly after saw the sides head in level at the break.
But a brace from Jay Rodriguez sealed a 3-1 win for Southampton, as they made it seven points in a week and signed off for Christmas with an excellent victory.
Puel said: “I enjoy this game for all of the players and for all of my squad because it was important game, against a good opponent, with quality on the pitch.
“It was a good team with good play. It was a good balance between the two teams in the first half, with possibilities for Bournemouth and Southampton.
“It was important to come back in the second half with a good attitude, strong in defence and to continue this play.
“The entrance of [Steven] Davis in the second half permitted the players, all of the team, to push and go forward and score the second goal and make a fantastic second half.”
Puel also praised the importance of Bertrand’s equaliser at a crucial time in the game.
He added: “It’s interesting to see Ryan at this level. He took responsibility.
“It was important that he dribbled and had the shot. It was a good message for all of the team, for the game.”