Several of the Southampton players took to Twitter to celebrate their narrow 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The Southampton squad had more than enough reasons to celebrate on Tuesday night after Sadio Mane’s late strike sealed a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and sent them fifth in the Premier League table.
Palace had won five successive away matches under Alan Pardew before their trip to St Mary’s and can count themselves unfortunate to not have at least earned a point, as Wifried Zaha hit the post and Fraser Forster was forced to make two heroic saves in the second-half.
It was the Saints who made the breakthrough with just 10 minute remaining, however, as Mane chipped over Julian Speroni after the Palace keeper spilled James Ward-Prowse's shot to secure his side a first home win since New Year’s Day and end their four-game goal-drought on the South Coast in the process.
With their ambitions of a top-four finish renewed with 10 fixtures remaining, manager Ronald Koeman was more than relieved to hear the final whistle, telling the BBC in his post-match press conference: “We needed that three points because you saw today it wasn't the best game we played this season, we didn't create big chances, but we tried and we had the luck and the spirit to win the game.
"It's a mental question, the players are maybe a bit less confident and you saw that. We need that confidence to play football. It's one of the key moments of the season with three points and 10 days off, the situation is more comfortable and will be good for the players."
The players themselves seemed buoyed by a bounce-back victory, with starters Maya Yoshida and Fraser Forster, substitute Ward-Prowse and third-choice keeper Paulo Gazzaniga all taking to Twitter after the match to hail a hard-earned three points.
Vamossssss!!!!!!!! Well done Sadio!!! COYR— Paulo Gazzaniga (@PauloGazza25) March 3, 2015