Southampton have enjoyed a remarkable start to the campaign, winning seven of their first ten games under new boss Ronald Koeman before today's visit of lowly Leicester.
The Foxes' 1-0 defeat to West Brom last weekend left them rooted in the relegation zone, and faced the daunting trip to St. Mary's Stadium.
Unsurprisingly, Southampton came out on top on the South Coast today, but it took them a lot longer than anticipated to make their dominance count.
The Saints had a total of 18 shots on goal with six on target, but it took until the 75th minute to break the deadlock as Shane Long swept the ball from from Graziano Pelle's lay off to open the scoring.
Long, who has so far failed to live up to his £12m price tag since his summer move from Hull City, then made it two when he latched on to a long ball by slotting the ball home just five minutes later.
That gave Southampton a 2-0 win, and kept the gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea at just four points, whilst newly promoted Leicester remain in the bottom three with just nine points so far this season.