By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Reds picked up all three points against a battling Southampton side courtesy of a headed goal by Daniel Agger, but for many Liverpool fans, the welcome sight of Lucas running things in the middle of the pitch was one of the highlights of the game.
Lucas was ruled out of action for the last three months due to a thigh injury, and the 25-year-old managed to complete 88 minutes of Saturday's game against the Saints.
And the Brazilian revealed that he was overwhelmed by the amount of support he got from the Liverpool faithful on his return to the side.
"The kind of reception I got and to be able to play football - you realise how good it is when you can play every week," Lucas told Liverpoolfc.com.
"It's what keeps you going and working hard to recover well.
"Every single day I worked very hard and today [Saturday] I felt every minute was worth it.
"I'm very glad with the way I could perform. In terms of fitness, I was feeling very well.
"Of course towards the end of the game I was getting tired, that's normal and that's what everyone was expecting.
"I played maybe 15-20 minutes more than the staff thought I could handle - it's positive.
"There are a lot of things to improve, but for a first game after a long time out it was very good. The win makes it perfect."
"I didn't have that much time to work with Joe on the pitch because he came towards the end of the pre-season and afterwards I was injured," Lucas added.
"But we could see Joe getting forward to join the attack and create chances - that's what he used to do at Swansea so he feels very comfortable there knowing that we will always be behind the ball and trying to cover.
"I hope I can help in this way to give freedom for him, Stevie, [Jordan] Henderson, [Nuri] Sahin and Jonjo [Shelvey].
"That's my job and I'm delighted to be able to help again."
The former Gremio player also expressed his believe that Liverpool were progressing under the guidance of manager Brendan Rodgers following a run of decent results.
"We have been performing well. We had a lot of chances, we could only score one but the most important thing is that we got the three points," Lucas mused.
"Especially now at a crucial time, towards Christmas, it's important to get a good run.
"A lot of teams above us dropped points. We just need to keep believing and we can see a lot of positive things.
"If we can turn draws into wins, it would be ideal.
"There are a lot of positive things, especially today [Saturday]. We won 1-0 but we dominated for almost 90 minutes.
"We were under pressure for some parts of the game, but we defended well and handled the pressure.
"It's a long process and we are really happy with the way we are playing.
"With a bit more luck, we will be higher up the table soon."
Liverpool will take on West Ham in their next Premier League fixture.