Mark Hughes paid tribute to the hordes of Southampton fans who travelled to Wigan to see their team progress to the semi-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.
A total of 4,344 supporters made the long journey north in treacherous conditions, and were rewarded with a 2-0 victory over the League One side, who had already toppled a trio of Premier League clubs including Man City.
New boss Hughes, celebrating his first game in charge, vowed that togetherness will serve Saints well in a crucial last two months of the season, in both league and cup.
“The Saints fans have come out in huge numbers and the support we had was magnificent,” said the manager.
“We thank each and every one of them, because it’s clearly not been an easy period for anybody with allegiances to Southampton FC.
“I like to think this was a reflection of what this group can do for them – we just need their support from now until the end of the season.
“If we get that, which I’m sure we will on the evidence of today, and everybody’s in it together, we will be fine.”