Yannick Bolasie produced a man of the match performance, setting up Yohan Cabaye for what proved to be the winning, and only goal.
Unfortunate not to add to his own goal tally, Bolasie went close on several occasions and was kept out only by some fine goalkeeping from Southampton’s stand-in keeper Gazzaniga.
“Today was a great team performance and we managed to see the game out. I had a couple of shots and feel unlucky not to score, but we got the three points and that’s all that counts."
Although Palace were on top in the first half, Southampton came back in the second and the Eagles had to produce some last-ditched defending to keep the Saints out who came close to equalising at the death.
“Wayne did brilliant for us today, as did the backline. We’re in a good place at the moment but at the same time we need to keep our feet on the ground and make sure we keep going.”