Southampton returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-1 triumph over Stoke away from home at the Britannia Stadium.
Graziano Pelle put the Saints in the lead in the 11th minute and added a second on the half-hour mark.
Marko Arnautovic halved the deficit for Stoke in the opening minutes of the second half.
Ronald Koeman’s side ended the game with 10 men due to the sending-off of Sadio Mane in the first minute of injury time.
Former Southampton defender Benali has taken to Twitter to revel in the victory.
Over the course of the 90 minutes at the Britannia Stadium, hosts Stoke had 61% of the possession, took 13 shots of which just two were on target, and earned one corner.
Visitors Southampton had just 39% of the possession, took 11 shots of which four were on target, and earned four corners.