Claude Puel hopes Southampton can continue their momentum in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
Saints have recorded successive away wins against Sunderland and Watford respectively, scoring eight goals in the process.
And ahead of another test on the road, Puel highlighted the importance of those wins after a break without a game.
“I think it was important to win the last game against Watford, it was very, very important,” Puel said.
“With the postponed games against Arsenal and Manchester United you can not play the other teams and take points.
“It was important to stay at a good level in the table without playing and I’m happy with that result and the quality we showed.
“It’s a good thing after the game against Sunderland and the good game we played against United in the final. Against Tottenham we will see.”