Cédric hailed a “massive” win as Southampton chalked up a third successive away victory courtesy of Moussa Djenepo’s second-half solo strike at Sheffield United.
The Portuguese defender cited the need to leapfrog the newly-promoted Blades before the game, and duly delivered the goods alongside his increasingly resolute teammates.
The result means Saints are guaranteed to occupy a position in the top half of the Premier League table at the end of the weekend, unless next opponents Bournemouth defeat Everton by at least two goals on Sunday.
“It was massive,” he said. “I said before the game to the lads, ‘don’t forget we are behind them, so it’s very important for us to get these three points to go ahead of them.’
“It was a great win, because it’s definitely a difficult pitch to come and get three points.
“I think all the teams will have difficulties coming here, but all the lads were fantastic today.”
Saints have kept clean sheets at Brighton, Fulham and now Sheffield United in consecutive away games, winning all three matches, but Cédric was just as pleased with the way the team played in possession at Bramall Lane.
“The clean sheet is definitely very important – we are defending very well and pressing very well,” he added.
“The team were also better on the ball today. We made better decisions on the ball, and this is our next step. We are working at it and getting better.
“I’m very happy with the performance of the team and I will be there to help them when they need me.”