Charlie Austin was delighted to be able to come off the bench and net Southampton’s winner against West Ham United.
The striker converted from the spot in stoppage time to earn all three points, having replaced Manolo Gabbiadni with just ten minutes remaining.
“It’s great to get the first win of the season and come on and play a part,” started Austin.
“The lads worked so hard for the result but we threw away a two-goal lead, really. I’ve got to be honest, I think we got out of jail.
“It’s always tough when you come up against ten men because they have nothing to lose and just go for it, but let’s look at us: we’ve come away with three points and it is a big win for us, really.”
The defining moment of the game came in the final minutes when Maya Yoshida was fouled inside the penalty area by Pablo Zabaleta.
And although the visitors protested after Lee Mason pointed to the spot, Austin admitted that the most important thing was to ensure victory for Saints.
“Whether it was a penalty or not, I don’t know,” continued the striker.
“I am delighted it went for us but I think if went against us, it’s a harsh one. But that doesn’t matter for us, it’s three points and we move on now to Huddersfield.
“It was great to be able to get three goals because I think that was what we were lacking a bit at the end of last year. But at the end of the day, the three points is what’s important.”