Brighton boss Graham Potter outlined what their vital victory over Southampton will provide after admitting his side has had to “suffer” recently.
Leandro Trossard settled the south-coast showdown by firing the Seagulls to a 2-1 victory at St Mary’s.
Lewis Dunk headed them ahead and, although Che Adams equalised for Saints with his third goal in three matches, Trossard conjured up a classy second-half winner.
The Seagulls were looking over their shoulders after three straight defeats and no wins in five meant they kicked off level on points with resurgent Fulham in 18th.
But their fifth win away from home this season gives Potter’s side some breathing space at the bottom and, notably, saw them climb above Newcastle, who they face next.
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Potter said: “I thought it was a deserved victory, it was a hard-fought game so I’m pleased for the players. We’ve had to suffer recently but we got the reward for the performance.
“They’re all massive games, we’ve 10 to go, the next one is always important and the next one is Newcastle.
“This three points gives us confidence and renewed belief. We’re going to keep fighting.
“We have belief in ourselves and believe that if we keep performing like we have been we can get results. It’s nice to have that reinforced.”