Rochdale boss Keith Hill was delighted with his side's performance as they moved into the npower League One play-off positions after a 2-0 win against automatic promotion hopefuls Southampton at Spotland.
Joe Thompson's header midway through the first half and a Chris O'Grady shot four minutes before the break secured Dale victory.
Hill said: "It was probably the best evening we've had at Spotland during my time in charge, and it's backed up by the fact this result gives us an unbelievable double over Southampton. That makes it extra special and I cannot applaud the lads enough, they just keep raising the bar."
He added: "They don't want the season to end, and you could see that in the manner of their performance and the effort levels. We had to have that on the night, we had to work harder than the opposition and we did.
"Southampton's team is full of Championship and possibly Premier League players and we really deserved the win. I'm pleased with the players and where we are in the league, it's superb."
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins was disappointed with how his side conceded but was full of praise for Rochdale's performance.
Adkins said: "All credit to Rochdale in the first half, they worked very hard and I think we made one or two poor decisions and gave the ball away. I'm disappointed with the two goals because I felt we should have defended them better. But credit them, they were hungry.
"We changed things after going two down and I was pleased with the response from the players. After the break we created chances and if one of those had gone in, who knows? But we have got to put the ball in the back of the net and when Adam Lallana's shot came back off the post you start to think this is not going to be our night. We created loads of chances but we lost the game, so there can be no hiding from that fact.
"All we can do now is get ready for the next game, against Bristol Rovers. Our destiny is still in our hands, we're in the right position and we have to take care of business and get the lads ready for the next game."
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