Steven Davis was delighted to see the return of the real Southampton at Selhurst Park.
The skipper scored the only goal in the sixth minute of a game Saints largely controlled from start to finish, with the exception of two point-blank saves from Fraser Forster.
The victory was the perfect response to the home defeat to Watford last time out – a performance Davis felt was not a true representation of the team.
“That was a lot more like us after the disappointment of last week,” he said.
“Everybody came away a little bit frustrated, angry and disappointed after the Watford game.
“It wasn’t a reflection of our true characteristics and we know we’re a lot better than that.
“It was important to come here, bounce back and show those qualities. I thought we did that with a real level of desire today.
“You need that, because there are such fine margins in the Premier League between winning and losing games.
“It was a really important win for us and we can look forward to next week’s game now.
“We want to gather a bit of momentum. That’s always important – if you can do that you’ll put yourself in a good position in the league.
“We won’t get carried away. We need to show that same desire and quality every week and make sure our levels don’t drop.”