Stuart Armstrong admitted Southampton’s players felt they had a point to prove when they took to the field against Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
The Scotsman was a second-half substitute when the Foxes ran out 9-0 winners in the reverse fixture at St Mary’s on a chastening night for Saints in late October.
But Armstrong and co. showed their true colours to outplay the team second in the Premier League for much of the game en route to a 2-1 win in the East Midlands – Saints’ fifth in six games and third in succession away from home.
“I think we’re all very happy with that result,” Armstrong said, having scored the visitors’ equalising goal in the first half, before Danny Ings’s late winner in the second.
“We all wanted to make sure we put in a good performance – not make amends for what happened (at St Mary’s), but just show that we’re a good team with good quality. I think we did that.
“We dominated parts of the game. We had to take a little bit of pressure, especially in the second half, but off the ball we were great, defensively we were great and as a team I think we worked really well.
“I thought we played really well, created a lot of chances and I think we deserved our three points.”
Armstrong’s 19th-minute strike – his first of the season – came via a kind deflection off Leicester midfielder James Maddison.
“I think we deserved a little bit of luck – we had a good few chances, hit the bar a couple of times with Danny, so I’ll never complain when it takes a little nick and goes in,” he smiled.
“It’s always nice to score goals. Everyone wants to put their name down on the scoresheet, so to get my first one of the season is better late than never.”