Jim Mallinder heaped praise on 'superb' Stephen Myler after Saints' 32-12 win at Sale on Friday night.
Myler kicked 12 points in a bonus-point Aviva Premiership success at the AJ Bell Stadium.
But it wasn't just his kicking that caught the eye, with the all round game of the Saints fly-half putting Sale under pressure.
Myler set up the fourth try with a clever inside pass to Ethan Waller, capping an impressive display.
And Mallinder said: "He was superb.
"Some of his kicks for touch were very, very accurate. He was brave with his kicks and gave us direction.
"In conditions like the ones we played in, it is hard to go through lots of phases with the ball so the kicking game is very important.
"You need a 10 like that who can just guide you around the field."
It has been well documented that Saints have been hunting a new 10 for next season as they seek to replace Munster-bound JJ Hanrahan.
But Myler, who moved to Saints from rugby league side Salford City Reds in 2006, continues to show he is worthy of holding on to the 10 shirt.
"He's a good player and that's why he's been here for 10 years and played so many games," Mallinder said.
"I guess he doesn't get as much credit as he should do because he has been very reliable and he has been a big part of our success over the past few years."