Leandro Trosard’s goal in the second half brought Brighton the much-needed 2-1 victory in Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Seagulls looked over their shoulders after three straight defeats, and a five-win win meant they started point-to-point with the resurgent Fulham in the 18th.
But the win at St. Mary’s, their fifth from home this season, gave Graham Potter little room to breathe at the bottom and, in particular, saw them climb over Newcastle.
Lewis Dunk steered them forward and although Che Adams equalized for the hosts with his third goal in three games, Trosard called out the winner in the 56th minute.
Adams could have put the hosts ahead by just a minute on the clock, but failed to get a header from a cross by Ryan Bertrand.
The former Birmingham striker then connected well with Kyle Walker-Peters and put the ball to Stuart Armstrong, who shot straight at Robert Sanchez from 15 yards.
Fraser Forster, preferred by Alex McCarthy at the Southampton goal, made a great save to get Neil Maupay’s brutal drive over the crossbar.
But the Scottish goalkeeper was hit by the resulting angle from the towering shot of Dunk’s center half.
However, the Saints leveled off when Dunk could only help with Bertrand’s head on Adams’ path, lurking alone on the far post to drive home.
Brighton had to take the lead again before halftime when Dan Byrne played Pascal Gross at the door.
But as often happened this season for the Seagulls, the German midfielder could not realize the chance, shooting too close to Forster, who managed to deflect the ball wide.
This time, however, it was not so expensive, as Brighton managed to register a second goal in a Premier League match for the first time since the beginning of the year with the stylish strike of Trossard.
Former Saints midfielder Adam Lalana has chosen Danny Welbeck, who fired for the first time a straight cut on Trosard’s path.
The Belgian winger barely had to take a step as he ran through the back line of Southampton and tried his shot past Forster.
Southampton tried to retaliate and Seagull goalkeeper Sanchez saved with his feet from Adams before a shot by James Ward-Prouse to attack
They are now 10 defeats from their last 12 games for Southampton