Claude Puel has heaped praise on his men, following Southampton’s comeback victory of 2-1 over Inter in the Europa.
Icardi put the visitors in front in the first half and Dusan Tadic was rejected from the spot by Handanovic before the break.
The second half saw Southampton move to second of group K with seven points, after a van Dijk strike and a Nagatomo own goal sealed their comeback.
“I think it was a fantastic game for my players, because all the scenarios were against us tonight,” Puel said via the club’s official website.
“We dominated the first half, but we went 1-0 down and just before half-time we missed a penalty.
“There were also many saves from the opponent’s goalkeeper [Samir Handanovic], but we persisted and all the players kept their calm and quality on the pitch, and we came back to score this first goal with Virgil and then after with the second.
“All the team were rewarded tonight.”
Van Dijk felt his side deserved their victory against Inter, who are bottom of the group with just one win from four.
“The most important thing was that it was well deserved as well,” the Saints captain told BT Sport.
“We played good football, we were the dominating side, like before in Milan [a 1-0 defeat in the previous meeting in October], and today we rewarded ourselves with a win.”