Jan Bednarek hailed a real team effort as Southampton secured a second home win in five days to see off Norwich at St Mary’s and climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three.
Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand were on target from two James Ward-Prowse set-pieces, as Saints scored first in a home game for the first time this season.
With a 2-0 half-time lead to protect, the hosts were made to sweat after Teemu Pukki pulled a goal back, but Saints got the job done to escape the relegation places.
“It’s very important for us and good for the team spirit,” Bednarek said of the victory.
“When you have 11 leaders on the pitch, that’s how you can get positive results, and in the last two games that’s what it’s looked like.
“Everyone was working hard and everyone who came on made a great impact, so a big shout out to everyone for working hard and pushing each other. That’s how it has to be.”
The Polish defender is now looking no further than the long trip to Newcastle on Sunday, where Saints have the opportunity to double their points tally for the season in the space of just one week.
“We invested a lot, and what you give matches what you get, so it was important for us to get six points, but the job is not over yet this week – we need one more win before the week is over,” he added.
“We can do it – we are ready, we are humble and now we have time to recover.
“We need to get some rest, but that’s how it’s going to be – we will be ready, we will be fresh on Sunday and hopefully we’ll get the three points.”