Following two defeats and three draws in their first five league matches, Bruno Lage will be delighted with this crucial victory.
Wolves were the better team throughout the duration of the match, with their opponents unable to repeat their heroics against Chelsea from midweek.
A lovely Daniel Podence finish was enough to give the Old Gold all three points, although the Saints struck the crossbar through Che Adams and the last few minutes were very nervy for the Molineux faithful.
Big performances were put in by Podence and Nathan Collins who achieved SofaScore ratings of 7.6 and 7.4 respectively, however, it was one of Bruno Lage’s summer signings who was the star man for the side.
Matheus Nunes arrived amid big fanfare and with Wolves splashing out £42.2m to bring him to Molineux, he was expected to put in huge performances to inspire the side.
The Portuguese midfielder lived up to this expectation against Southampton, achieving the best SofaScore rating on the pitch with 7.7, and his talent shown throughout the match.
He provided the assist for Podence to score the only goal of the match and this could be crucial in giving the side some momentum going forward. Nunes also made another two key passes while creating a further big chance during the game.
His passing ability was on show as he completed 100% of his long balls while succeeding with two of his four dribbles.
His defensive attributes were also evident, with the player winning nine of his 14 duels, making three clearances and two tackles while he was only beaten by an opponent once during the match.
His ability to contribute at both ends of the pitch is exactly why Lage wanted him at Wolves for so long and it’s clear he will be a massive asset going forward.
With their goalscoring woes still evident, with new signing Sasa Kalajdzic putting in a poor showing, Lage will be more than happy with the club’s first three points of the campaign.