Claude Puel felt it was important that Southampton kept Liverpool out to record their first clean sheet in six games across all competitions.
The Saints boss says the clean sheet was extra satisfying given its importance to their chances in the EFL Cup semi-final tie, with his side now taking a 1-0 lead to Anfield in a fortnight’s time.
Puel, however, was quick to turn the focus to Saturday’s Premier League game at Burnley, where he wants the defensive resolve to continue.
“It’s good for the confidence and it’s important because we took a lot of goals since Boxing Day,” he said.
“Now it’s important to give back these bad games and you see the performance tonight and it’s important to keep the regularity. It’s a good quality to be efficient, clinical and have this good spirit.”
Saints travel to Burnley on Saturday and then return to St Mary’s for an Emirates FA Cup third round replay next Wednesday, and Puel is looking forward to the prospect of building some momentum at Turf Moor.
“It’s a good game for us,” he said. “I don’t know if this game is sufficient for (fitness) levels but now I think it’s important to keep a good ambition about our game against Burnley, and to provide a good answer.
“You see this performance tonight and it’s important to keep the same attitude against Burnley at that game.”