James Ward-Prowse says he hopes a battling win over Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup third round can give Southampton a platform to improve their league form.
His first goal of the season, a sweeping left-footed finish on 29 minutes, proved to be decisive at Craven Cottage.
And despite it being a scrappy content, Ward-Prowse says Saints must try and build momentum off the back of it.
“Before the game we knew it was going to be tough. On the run we’ve been on it was important to get a win,” Ward-Prowse reflected.
“It wasn’t pretty, especially in the second-half, but we showed the character needed to grind out an important win.
“An early goal can always help the team settle down. I think we played some good stuff in the first-half at times and in the second-half we defended very well.
“We had 5,000 fans and we needed to give them something to cheer about.
“We’ve not been happy with the way we’ve played of late, but no matter how we played it was important to get that winning feeling back in and around the team.
“We can use this now to kick on and try to build some momentum.”