Mark Hughes was pleased with his side's effort as they narrowly went past Brighton in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
The two Premier League sides met in the midweek clash, with both making some changes to their usual starting lineup.
And Hughes was very happy with how his Saints side controlled the game, despite being away from home.
He said to the Daily Echo: "I thought we were always in control of the game. We didn't really want it to go to penalties for obvious reasons because I thought that will give Brighton their best chance.
"I thought in general play and overall on the night we were in real command of the situation. I think in the second half, changes were made clearly at the top end of the pitch.
"We had a little bit more energy, a little bit more power and pace and I think that was the key to really taking the tie away from Brighton.
"That energy we introduced caused them to maybe sit back and spaces started to open and we were able to capitalise on that."