West Ham United secured Europa League football for next season and their best ever Premier League points total after two goals from Pablo Fornals and a late strike from Declan Rice propelled them to a 3-0 home win over Southampton on Sunday.
Spanish midfielder Fornals followed up a shot from Jarrod Bowen on the rebound to put the Londoners in charge on the half-hour mark then scored again three minutes later, knocking home a cut-back from Vladimir Coufal.
David Moyes' side were hungry for more goals and captain Rice adorned a memorable afternoon back in front of the club's fans for the first time this year by adding a third in the 86th minute with the help of a Fornals assist.
West Ham finished sixth in the standings with 65 points, three more than their previous best total in 2015-16, and a drastic improvement on last season, when they came 16th.
Southampton finished 15th on 43 points after a terrible second half of the campaign followed a promising start.
"As you can see I'm buzzing and delighted," said goalscorer Rice. "It's a massive day for the club, to get into the Europa League after what we went through last year. It's a ginormous achievement.
"This time last year we were was relieved to still be in the [Premier] league and now we've pushed on and got such a good team. Now the Europa League beckons for us and it's a great opportunity."
West Ham had to come from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 away in their last game thanks to two late goals and they made a lacklustre start on Sunday.
Southampton's Japanese international Takumi Minamino spurned an early clear sight of goal when he missed the target while Kyle Walker-Peters was denied from close range by the feet of West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Moyes' side soon found their feet though and had a couple of half-chances before Fornals broke the deadlock.
"Bit of a nervy start to be honest, they could have been 2-0 up, but we knew if we just played our stuff we'd come through and win," added Rice.