Claude Puel believes the weekend win at Middlesbrough has given Southampton an ideal platform from which to finish the season well, ahead of the games against Manchester United and Stoke.
Saints finish the campaign with a pair of home games, beginning with the visit of United to St Mary's this evening, with Puel knowing maximum points will secure eighth place.
He believes the win at Boro has positioned them well in that sense, but also because his seven changes at the Riverside Stadium means there is a freshness about his squad ahead of the final two games.
"It was important to take three points," said Puel. "It was an opportunity also to see different players who have not had a lot of game time, and it was important to recover some players, and I think we can now play the last two games with good energy and freshness, and I hope a good intensity in the game.
"The last result allows us the possibility to see these games with a good future. It's a good opportunity for us to finish with two games at home and to enjoy our fans also.
"I think it's a good thing and I hope we can produce two good games and a good result in the end."