Southampton boss Mark Hughes reflected on a satisfying night as his side booked their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup at the expense of Brighton.
Charlie Austin’s 88th minute header proved the difference in a game that Saints controlled for the most part.
And as well as getting a significant victory, Hughes was also pleased to give players important minutes at the Amex Stadium.
“I thought we were always in control of the game. We moved the ball really quickly at times, had good control and managed the game really well,” Hughes said.
“It’s always going to be difficult going to a Premier League team away from home, it doesn’t matter about their personnel as it’s a test but I thought we came through it.
“A lot of the guys, some of them haven’t had a lot of game time, but they came through well and got their second wind in the second-half I felt and looked better for it.
“In the end we’ve made a few changes to try and win it. That made a little bit of difference as we had a little bit more pace and energy at the top of the pitch and we were able to get a goal as a consequence.
Hughes added: “I think it’s important to get wins on the board. I do still feel we had a good performance at the weekend albeit with circumstances that went against us so it was important to get a win today.
“Some of the guys will be better for the game time, so we’re in good shape heading into the weekend and what will be another difficult game for us.
“I think the benefit of this game in terms of confidence, getting a win and being in the hat for the next round which was the order of the day makes it all in all a satisfying evening.”