Dušan Tadić felt Southampton showed their determination to beat Leicester City as they saw off the champions 3-0 at St Mary’s.
After taking a first half lead through James Ward-Prowse, the hosts never looked back, and saw Jay Rodriguez double their advantage before the break.
Tadić, who played the full 90 minutes, stepped up late on to convert a penalty which ensured there was a more comfortable look to the scoreline, and the Serbian was delighted with the overall performance as Saints stopped a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats.
“I think it was a really good game from us,” he said. “I think from the beginning of the game we showed that we wanted to take three points and after four defeats we knew that we needed to win this game and I think we showed with our mentality and the way that we played.
“We never had four defeats in a row in the Premier League this season so we really needed this and we showed from the first moment today that we wanted to win this game and in the end we are happy.”
Saints hadn’t scored a league goal since the end of December, but they put that right in emphatic fashion against the Foxes.
“In the past three games we have created a lot of chances but not scored so many goals and this was one of the reasons,” said Tadić.
“But it’s important that we create chances and then the goals will come.”