Mark Hughes has hailed the importance of Southampton gaining their first league win of the season before the international break, after his side beat Crystal Palace 2-0.
Goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
"They've got a lot of good players they can call upon but it was more about us being able to control the game for long periods," he said, speaking post-match to Sky Sports.
"Everybody is in a better frame of mind when you can win before an international break and we've been able to do it. That will help our confidence when everybody comes back in 10 days or so."
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"He didn't train a great deal last week and he's got a bit of an issue with a huge blister on the bottom of his foot that had to be numbed to allow him to play so he's lacking a bit of match fitness.
"But goals are the lifeblood of strikers and he's in a good place at the moment."