Dušan Tadić believes the shift to playing in the number ten role at Sunderland helped bring out the best in him.
The Saints playmaker was a major source of creativity during Saturday’s 4-0 win at the Stadium of Light, laying on the assist for Manolo Gabbiadini’s second goal and proving a thorn in the side of the Black Cats defence throughout the afternoon.
Having operated in an advanced central position, as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation, Tadić felt he was able to express himself fully.
"We were working on a different system and I think [it was the] best system for us,” he told reporters after the match.
"We showed this, we did good work. Immediately, we had four offensive players. You have good balance between offence and defence and there is more space for everyone to play.
“In the national team, I was playing in that system and I can have a good influence on the game.
"This is my best position in that system and I can show even more how I play.”
Tadić believes the result, which lifted Saints into 11th position, came at a vital time.
"It was very important,” he said. "We knew the importance of this game. It was like a final for us.
"We did not start the first ten minutes as good, but after that we made a few passes, we showed character and, most importantly, we got three points.
“We just need to keep working and believing in ourselves."