"This season and last we missed him a lot", the manager said.
"When something like this happens I feel like I'm giving something back to the team and the fans and that's what you see in those moments".
"Manchester United have a game [Sunday] and another game in hand and still have to come to the Etihad", Guardiola added.
While Kompany will grab the headlines for his goal, his work at the other end of the pitch - leadership, organisation and composure - is what the Blues have been lacking at times this season. They almost had it when, after an extended spell in the City half, the Saints captain flicked a header just over Claudio Bravo's crossbar.
Southampton boss Claude Puel, meanwhile, conceded his side were not good enough to take the points.
City face off against Arsenal on Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final and Sane will be keen to inflict more woe on the out-of-form Gunners after finding the net against them in every game so far this season.
"It's a disappointment because we can do better, we can create better opportunities".
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