Ralph Hasenhuttl praised his 10-man Southampton side for fighting valiantly to win away at Leicester City and drag themselves out of the relegation zone.
The Saints took a 2-0 lead at half time but had Yan Valery sent off in the 45th minute, putting them up against it in the second half.
Leicester enjoyed the lion share of the possession in the second period but scored just once as Saints put in a dogged display to secure a huge three points.
Speaking after the game, Hasenhuttl praised the mentality of his players and suggested they rather enjoyed the challenge.
“The second half was getting in the same compact with the defense and to try to defend,” Hasenhuttl said.
“This manner and mainly the passion and the mentality was the winner of this game today. I thought we got too early 2-1, so it would be a long time then to get something here.
“The players enjoyed it. They felt the way we defend it is very difficult for the opponents to score. The longer the game went on, the more stable we were.”
Hasenhuttl in a quote cited on NBC claimed he is “unbelievably proud” of his players.
“To be the manager of this team, it’s a fantastic job,” Hasenhuttl said. “Today they showed their quality. To go 2-0 in the lead at Leicester is not easy and we defended with fantastic commitment.”
This feels like a massive moment in Southampton’s season.