Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse is hopeful that Saturday’s 2-1 win over Stoke will see them kick on and qualify for Europe.
The south coast outfit had failed to win any of their last three games before they travelled to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Striker Graziano Pelle proved his class as he scored two first-half goals to give his side the advantage away from home.
Although Marko Arnautovic pulled a goal back, Southampton held on to leapfrog Stoke into seventh in the league table. With eight games remaining, Ward-Prowse is now confident that his side will earn their place in Europe for next season.
He told Press Assocation Sport: “It’s important. Obviously we had a good run of six games.
“We had two games where we were disappointed with how we played and this is a real good three points that got us back on track and put us ahead of our rivals for what we want to achieve.
“Stoke are geared up to play European football like us, so to be able to get one over on them is nice. Hopefully that’ll give us some more momentum going into the last few games.”