Harry Redknapp has told BT Sport that he thought Bournemouth were fully deserving of their 2-0 victory over Southampton on Tuesday night.
Steve Cook opened the scoring for the Cherries in the 31st minute, before Benik Afobe made sure of the points 11 minutes from time when he nodded in at the front post for his fourth goal for the club.
Redknapp, who has played for and managed Bournemouth in the past, feels that the result was reward for being denied points earlier in the season in matches in which they had dominated.
He said: "Excellent performance. They denied Southampton many goal-scoring opportunities. Absolutely superb.
"They have dominated so many games this year and not got a result. Today they came away with a good defensive performance and two goals. It's a well-deserved win."
Bournemouth currently hold an eight-point cushion over clubs occupying 17th place or above, but that will change should Newcastle earn a result against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday.
The Magpies will then host Bournemouth at the weekend in a crucial game at the bottom, but three points for Eddie Howe's side would effectively put them to within touching distance of safety.