The victory away at Middlesbrough proves the quality and depth of the Southampton squad, according to Nathan Redmond.
Jay Rodriguez, one of Claude Puel’s seven changes for the visit to the Riverside, fired Saints ahead in the first half before substitute Redmond then made it two in the second.
“We always knew we had that quality in depth,” started Redmond.
“We’ve got good attacking players in depth, which you can see with Jay and Longy getting their first starts in a while.
“It was good for Jay to get a goal and for myself to contribute, but that just shows the depth of the squad.”
Despite Redmond and Rodriguez’s goals, there was still a late surge from the hosts after Patrick Bamford headed in from a corner on 72 minutes.
But Redmond was pleased with the manner in which Saints were able to weather that late pressure and pick up all three points.
“Those things happen,” he continued.
“Unfortunately for Boro it’s their last game here in the Premier League this season, but we weren’t expecting anything less.
“It’s a tough place to come and play, regardless of the situation. We had a task at hand, which was to come and win the game, and we did that.”