Jim Mallinder hailed Stephen Myler after the fly-half’s impressive all-round performance helped Saints claim a 19-19 draw at Bath on Friday night.
Myler landed 14 points, including a late penalty that secured the draw, and also teed up Jamie Elliott with a magical offload for a fine score at the Recreation Ground.
It ensured Saints would leave with a share of the spoils after 19 points from another England fly-half, George Ford, had looked set to give Bath the win.
And Mallinder was delighted with his No.10, who is nicknamed the Ice Man thanks to his consistently excellent kicking under pressure.
“Stephen is really good under pressure,” said the Saints boss. “That conversion from the touchline was important, as well as the penalty right at the death.
“He stood up under a lot of pressure and I’m pleased for him and the team.
“We’re in a good position. Being nine points clear of third at this moment in time with one game to go is a good position to be in.”
Saints dominated the first half of the Bath battle, but the home side grew into it and felt aggrieved to have been denied a late penalty when referee Matthew Carley overruled touch judge, Ashley Rowden.
But Mallinder didn’t feel there was anything in the incident that saw a Courtney Lawes tackle attract the attention of the officials and the home players, coaches and fans.
“The referee definitely made the right call,” said Mallinder.
“Ashley Rowden was just a little too keen to get his hand out and join in the action.”