Southampton boss Steve Wigley spoke of his relief after his first Premiership victory in charge and took a swipe at critics predicting he would be sacked.
"I'm relieved and pleased for people at the club who have shown faith," he said after the 2-1 home win over Portsmouth.
"We've had our backs against the wall for the last few days but I'm happy with the way we've reacted as a group.
"A few people came along to bury me but they will have to fill in the grave now because I'm not going anywhere."
Saints suffered an embarrassing 5-2 defeat in the Carling Cup against Watford on Tuesday and Wigley said a win over south coast rivals Pompey had begun the process of making amends for that.
"We said the talking had to stop and this was about us delivering," he added.
"This was a step towards being respectable as a club again after Tuesday. We don¿t believe we are a relegation side."