Jim Mallinder hailed Stephen Myler’s ‘phenomenal’ achievement after the Saints fly-half hit 2,000 points in the win over Newcastle Falcons.
Fly-half Myler put on an impressive display, claiming a superb opening score and providing a second for Samoan centre George Pisi.
He then proceeded to notch the points needed to take him to his milestone with an assured kicking display in the 39-31 win.
And Mallinder was delighted with his No.10, who arrived at Franklin’s Gardens from rugby league side Salford City Reds in 2006.
“Stephen’s been here longer than I have and is still playing well and kicking goals,” Mallinder said. “To achieve that milestone is phenomenal.
“A lot of our good play is through Stephen. He doesn’t get a lot of headlines, but he’s always that main man behind our attacking play.”
Saints were made to work hard for their win, with Newcastle scoring three second-half tries to add to Chris Harris’s first-half effort.
But Mallinder’s men claimed the five points that ensured they started 2015 in style - and will remain on top of the Aviva Premiership table for another week at least.
“When we got out to 32-10 up I was hoping we’d have a nice easy last 20 minutes, but credit to Newcastle,” said the Saints boss.
“They did well last week (in a 25-23 defeat to Saracens) and they came back again to push us close.”