Alex McCarthy praised his side's purpose and resolve after gaining three vital points against Bournemouth, in what was presented as a 'must-win' Premier League clash at St Mary's.
Saints moved a step closer to safety, with the 28-year-old playing a central part in preserving the 2-1 victory, after a series of game-saving stops late on.
Alex Mccarthyit is nice to have a good game personally. But more importantly, the team and club earned three massive points.
on the value of beating bournemouth
Rising to the challenge, Mark Hughes's side are now within touching distance of Swansea immediately above, and McCarthy knows the value of not just the points, but the impact of a winning feeling ahead of two huge away ties, first against Everton and then against the Swans themselves.
"It is a massive three points," he said. "We knew coming into this game today that we couldn't get anything less.
"I thought the boys put a tremendous amount of effort in. Dušan took both of his goals excellently. We take a lot of confidence going into next Saturday against Everton.
"Obviously, it was disappointing to concede just before half-time – we need to manage the game better at times. But the grit and determination that the lads showed second half was second to none.
"It is nice to have a good game personally. But, more importantly, the team and club earned three massive points."