Steven Davis felt Southampton were good value for their 3-1 victory over neighbours AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League at Vitality Stadium.
The Northern Ireland international midfielder replaced Harrison Reed at the interval, with the game locked at 1-1.
And Saints produced a clinical second-half display to see off their hosts, with Jay Rodriguez’ double proving the difference.
Davis said: “I think we needed to lift the tempo a little bit and we managed to get a good start in the second-half.
“From there I think we looked relatively comfortable and overall I think we deserved the three points.
“We were aware that they try things at set plays and they’re inventive. We’re disappointed in the manner we conceded the goal but we responded well.
“To take the three points away from home after coming from a goal behind is a big bonus and ends a good week for us.
“Seven points out of three games is a good return and we look forward to trying to build on that over the Christmas period.”