West Ham United captain Mark Noble lavished praise on the Hammers faithful for singing their hearts out to support the team during their crucial 3-1 win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

The Irons ended a critical seven-game winless run and climbed out of the relegation zone after seeing off the Saints with a convincing display. David Moyes' men were resilient at the back and adventurous on the flanks with Sebastian Haller playing arguably his best game since his switch from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt last summer.

Jarrod Bowen, who joined from Hull City last month, opened his West Ham account before Michael Obafami cancelled out the lead on the half hour mark. Haller restored the Irons' lead on the stroke of half-time before Michail Antonio put the game to bed nine minutes after the restart.

The Hammers bounced back from their 3-2 defeat at Liverpool in mid-week which they arguably did not deserve to lose, but for a nightmare Lukas Fabianski howler.

After the game Noble hinted that the fans had a huge influence on the 3-1 win on Saturday as they cheered on the squad from start to finish at the London Stadium.

“You can normally tell before the game what the fans are going to be like when they sing 'Bubbles', and [Saturday] it was really loud,” he said.

“They were right behind us and I thought they were great. They helped us out and we got the three points.”

West Ham relinquished the lead against Brighton & Hove Albion on February 1 but learned their lesson this time as they managed to see out the game this time without repeating the same mistakes.

“We let ourselves down here against Brighton being 3-1 up,” he observed.

“Obviously, you could tell the game was a little bit anxious at times, because of the results we’ve had.

“I think our performance against Liverpool in the week gave us a platform to go on and win. After three tough games last week, and another couple this week, it’s been tough, but it was a good win.

“At this stage in the season, performances really don’t matter, it’s results. I’ve said in the past we’ve had way too many mistakes this year that’ve cost us. Today we hardly made one, and that’s when you go and get results like that.”

Victory saw West Ham move up to 16th in the league table, level on points with both Watford and Bournemouth, two sides the Hammers are locking horns with in their bid to stay in the Premier League.

The Hornets and the Cherries only sit behind West Ham on goal difference, while their next game sees them visit London rivals Arsenal this weekend.