Two-goal hero Danny Ings hailed a professional performance after Southampton recorded the biggest south coast derby away win in history, with the 4-0 demolition of Portsmouth.
Ings scored twice and helped to tee up Cédric, with a further goal from Nathan Redmond earning progression to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
And as a boyhood Saints fan, the forward was beaming with pride after a first success at Fratton Park since 1984.
“It’s a really special occasion for all of us as a club. This fixture doesn’t come around every day so to come here and put on the performance that we did, I thought it was very professional and we couldn’t have done it without the fans so we have to thank them tonight.
“For me to get the nod to play tonight, there was hunger in my belly straight away and being from the area I knew exactly how much it means to everybody in Southampton and the fans.
“To give back tonight the way we did under tough circumstances was very, very professional and a credit to us.”
In a hostile and typically ferocious derby atmosphere, the hosts did make it difficult for Saints early on, creating a number of opportunities, before Ings’s brace.
That resilience in the heat of things was something that was particularly pleasing, and Ings also alluded to the importance of not relenting in the second-half.
“These derby games can be like that where they try and get in your faces and try to intimidate you. The way we coped with that and didn’t react to certain tackles, I thought it was a very professional performance from us.
“I thought they really dug in when the pressure was on us and the crowd was electric. So it was very difficult and it’s a great night for all of us players, the coaching staff and the fans. It was huge and we knew that going into it.
“It was important that we gave everything in this game and we did that for everybody.”