Manager Colin Calderwood was delighted to see his Nottingham Forest side boost their survival hopes with a 2-0 victory at fellow strugglers Southampton.
Goals from Wes Morgan and Joe Garner gave Forest the three points at St Mary's and moved them to within a point of the Saints, who lie just outside the relegation places.
Calderwood told the Evening Post: "It was important that Southampton didn't go seven points ahead of us, the gap would have been dramatic.
"We wanted to get one or two clubs back involved in the fight and the best way to do it was to win against Southampton.
"In the next four games, we have three away from home and all against teams around and about us.
"If we can continue our performance levels, we will win a good portion of our home games to come as well.
"Victory puts us right back into contention. It was a really nice performance and a continuation of our unbeaten run."