Fraser Forster heaped praise on the defenders in front of him after securing a third clean sheet of the season in victory at Crystal Palace.
Steven Davis struck the only goal of the game in the sixth minute to extend the hosts’ unwanted record to five successive defeats without scoring.
Forster made notable point-blank saves from Christian Benteke and Jason Puncheon either side of half-time, but was otherwise largely untested at Selhurst Park.
“It was always going to be a battle,” said the goalkeeper.
“I thought our centre-halves did really well to limit Benteke. Defensively, I thought we were very strong.
“It’s obviously going to be a tough place to come and we knew we’d have to defend well, but I think we did that.
“It’s good to do my job and contribute to the team. At some point I was always going to have to make a couple of saves and thankfully I’ve done that today.”
Forster admitted it was doubly important Saints returned to winning ways after suffering a first Premier League defeat of the campaign to Watford last time out – particularly with leaders Manchester United lying in wait at St Mary’s next weekend.
“After last week’s performance and result, it was important that we bounced back and we’ve done that by getting the three points,” he added.
“You always want to start well in the Premier League. It’s important to come to places like this, perform well and take the points.
“It’s good for us to get a bit of momentum going into next week.”