Southampton survived a late scare to claim all three points from Premier League strugglers Norwich City at the St. Mary's Stadium.
Goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez looked to have ensured the victory for the south-coast club.
But goals from Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass inside one minute in the closing stages left the match on a knife edge.
However, Sam Gallagher slotted home a late effort for the Saints to see off a spirited late challenge from the Canaries.
The Saints needed just five minutes to open the scoring through Schneiderlin.
Gaston Ramirez played his team-mate through with a clever ball, and Schneiderlin rounded Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy to slot home.
Southampton were rarely troubled by the Canaries and Mauricio Pochettino brought on Lambert for Adam Lallana in the 56th minute.
Just over 60 seconds later, the move paid off handsomely when the striker rifled home a right-footed drive to make it 2-0 to the home side.
Southampton were three ahead in the 72nd minute. Giuly Do Prado saw his effort blocked and the ball fell to Lambert. The striker looked set to shoot, but instead calmly played the ball through to Rodriguez, who rifled home.
But there was to be a sting in the tail for the home side.
In the 85th minute, former Bolton striker Johan Elmander was on hand to stroke home what appeared to be merely a consolation.
However, moments later, Snodgrass hit home a second for Chris Hughton's team after Ricky van Wolfswinkel's effort had been saved.
But Gallagher eased the tension inside the ground when he collected a through ball from Steven Davis to slot home.
On target: 6-3