Norwich City secured a 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon with Alexander Tettey’s second-half goal all that separated the two sides.
The Canaries took another step towards safety with the win as it moves them six points clear of Newcastle United in 18th place, with the Magpies falling to a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
As a result, manager Alex Neil will be delighted with the victory and will undoubtedly hope that it will give his players the confidence boost that they need to string some positive results together.
Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd and his backline were crucial in securing the result, with the visitors threatening to ruin their afternoon before Victor Wanyama was sent off with just under 20 minutes remaining.
Neil will now prepare his side for the visit of Manchester City in the FA Cup next weekend, before they return to league matters with a trip to Stoke City on January 13.
Meanwhile, the Saints face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup before looking to bounce back at home against Watford in a fortnight’s time as they look to avoid a third consecutive league defeat with the poor run of form following on from their 4-0 win over Arsenal last month.
Norwich player ratings: Rudd 7; Brady 7, Bassong 7, Bennett 8, Martin 6; Hoolahan 6, O’Neil 6, Tettey 7, Redmond 6, Howson 7; Mbokani 6.
Jerome 6, Olsson 6, Odjidja-Ofoe 6.
Southampton player ratings: Stekelenburg 6; Bertrand 6, Dijk 6, Fonte 6, Martina 6; Clasie 7, Wanyama 6, Tadic 6, Davis 5, Ward-Prowse 6, Long 6.
Reed 5, Ramirez 6, Mane 6.