Shane Long said he was pleased to repay his manager's faith in him after scoring in Southampton's impressive 2-1 win away to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
A mere two minutes after his side had been reduced to ten men, Long struck in the dying seconds of first half stoppage time to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
It was the Tipp man's first goal in all competitions since March last year.
Ralph Hasenhuttl's team had to dig in during the second half, their numerical disadvantage and Leicester's pressing forcing them onto the back foot.
Wilfred Ndidi pulled one back for the hosts early in the second half but Southampton hung to win, hauling themselves out of the relegation zone in the process.
"Delighted to get that goal today," Long said.
"Especially when we were down to 10 men, to get that second goal and that bit of a cushion going in to half-time.
"I was the only striker really fit today. Sammy Gallagher has come back from injury and backed me up.
"There was a lot of pressure on my shoulders. But the gaffer has shown a lot of confidence in me. He knows what I do for the team and to reward him with a goal is a nice feeling."
Long praised the impact of Hasenhuttl, who succeeded Mark Hughes at the beginning of last month, but acknowledged that he had a tiring role to play this afternoon, especially after Yan Valery's sending off.
"It is (hard). Especially when you go down to ten men. It is tough. You can see me and Redders (Nathan Redmond) working hard as a duo up top.
"Everyone has to put in their shift. When you do it right, it makes it hard for the opposition. Everybody has got on board with how the manager thinks and it's working for us on the pitch.
"It's a different style of play. He works a lot in how we press the opposition. And you saw in that first 35 minutes, they really struggled to get out. It worked really well.
"I think the future looks bright for the club. We've got the players in the dressing room. We've a right back come on who's won the European Championship (Cedric Soares).
"We have strength in depth. We've got lads injured at home who can come in and change any game. A win like that goes a long way.
"Away from home against Leicester is never an easy game. And when you're done to ten men away from home, it's a great feeling.
"It's nice when you look back and we have three centre backs and a goalkeeper just dominating everything and clearing the ball and frustrating them. It's a well deserved three points."