James Ward-Prowse praised the way Saints dug deep to earn a vital three points away to West Bromwich Albion.
Despite falling behind in the fourth minute, the visitors rallied brilliantly to eventually earn a dramatic 3-2 victory that lifted them out of the relegation zone.
Ward-Prowse, who set up Jack Stephens for Southampton's second goal, before scoring the third from a free-kick, said: "We knew it was going to be tough here, but it's an important three points.
"No matter how we won the game, it's just important that we dug in deep. Ok, we've not been playing the best of football, but we dug in together and got the vital three points."
Ward-Prowse had to fight off Sofiane Boufal's desire to take what proved to be the decisive free-kick, but he said that moment simply showcased the desire that exists within the whole team to get out of trouble in the table.
"There's a bit of competition for the free-kicks, but it shows how passionate we all are," he said.
"There's a good feeling around the team and all the lads want to do well to help the team. Thankfully for me, I was able to do that today, but Sofiane played brilliantly and did his part as well."