Ralph Hasenhüttl described Ché Adams's return to scoring as important both for the player himself and the team as a whole, as he hopes the striker's sensational effort at Sheffield United will give him a valuable confidence boost.
Adams ended a frustrating goalless run when he sent a rocket of a shot from 20 yards into the top corner on Saturday, sealing Saints' 2-0 win at Bramall Lane.
It was the first time the striker had scored since mid-December – coincidentally enough, when he also found the net against Sheffield United – and the second time in his Southampton career that he has put an end to a barren run with a goal of the season contender, having done similar against Manchester City in the last campaign.
With Danny Ings now set to be absent for the next three weeks, Adams's return to the scoresheet has come at a timely moment for Hasenhüttl.
"For him it's important and for us it's important," he said, ahead of tonight's visit to face leaders City. "A striker needs goals to feel comfortable and it was a wonderful goal, not really easy, but he shows the qualities he has with the finish and hopefully that gives him the boost.
"As a striker you are always very much part of your confidence and how convinced you are about what you're doing and goals help massively to be convinced."