LEEDS, England (Reuters) - New Leeds United manager Javi Gracia's reign began with a 1-0 Premier League home victory over bottom club Southampton as Junior Firpo's goal helped the Yorkshire club to snap a 10-game winless run and move out of the relegation zone on Saturday.
Leeds jumped to 17th on 22 points after 24 games, a point above the drop zone, following a first league win since before the World Cup break.
The hosts dominated possession in Gracia's first game since his appointment this week and edged a scrappy first half in which neither side created much of note.
Firpo finally broke the deadlock in front of a raucous Elland Road in the 77th minute, squeezing a tame effort under Gavin Bazunu after being cleverly set up with a flick by Jack Harrison.
Southampton piled on the pressure as they desperately searched for an equaliser, and dead-ball specialist James Ward-Prowse nearly created one as he whipped in a corner in 90th minute, but he was let down by a poor header from team mate Armel Bella-Kotchap.
Southampton, who will have thought their luck was turning after taking three points at Chelsea last week, remain 20th -- three points behind second-from-bottom Bournemouth, who host Manchester City later on Saturday.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon)