Steven Davis believes Southampton proved they can be attractive and effective in equal measure in victory at Crystal Palace.
It was the skipper, making his 200th appearance for the club, who scored the only goal of the game after just six minutes in South London.
After taking an early lead, Saints dominated possession throughout the first half before having to display a steely resistance in the face of an increased Palace threat after the interval.
“We’re delighted with the performance,” Davis said.
“We started the game well and kept possession well in the first half, creating a number of chances.
“In the second half you would expect them to come into it a little bit, which they did, and to go a bit more direct.
“It’s always going to be a test with the physical nature of Benteke and the runners off him, but I thought everyone dealt with that really well and Fraser was there to pull off a couple of great saves too.
“We’ve shown both sides of the coin today in our quality in possession in the first half, and our character to keep digging in and see the game out in the second half.”
Davis’ goal was his first in a Southampton shirt for 16 months, celebrating a personal landmark in style.
“I’m delighted,” he added. “It was a good ball in from Dušan, Longy has got across the front and all the keeper could do was palm it away.
“It was just important to concentrate on slotting it into that side and it was great to see it hit the back of the net.”