NATHAN Dyer revealed he kept his goalscoring celebrations low key on Saturday out of respect for the club that developed him.
Dyer scored Swansea City's equaliser against Southampton, but while his team-mates erupted, the winger cut a more subdued figure.
He gestured for calm before slowly walking over to the travelling fans and giving them his trademark salute.
"It's the first time I've come back to Southampton since I've left, it's a club that will always have a place in my heart because I played for them from 8 years old and I'll always have massive respect for the club and the place," he said.
"I wanted to keep my celebration to a minimum but it was nice to score for myself and the team.
"I wanted to show respect to the Southampton fans but also to my supporters."
Dyer came through the Saints academy and moved to Swansea after being signed by Roberto Martinez four seasons ago.
Last weekend he returned to St Mary's and came off the bench to rescue a point for Swansea.
A loose pass from goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga allowed Dyer to rob Maya Yoshida's before racing in on goal and finishing off the far post.
"I only had one thing on my mind and that was to shoot and thankfully it went in," he added.
"It was really nice to get a goal. Coming off the bench, I just wanted to get an opportunity and thankfully I could take it.
"As a side we wanted the three points but we've only got one and we'll take that."