Claude Puel reserved praise for Nathan Redmond and Sam McQueen after the 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
Puel handed a first Premier League start to McQueen as he came in for the injured Matt Targett, following his performance at San Siro on Thursday night.
While Redmond, who has taken up a more central role in attack this season, showed great composure to put Saints ahead.
Puel said: “He’s a new striker! It’s important he makes progress and improves. He kept his calm in front of goal and took a good solution.
“It’s good for his future and for the team also. He had a little injury last week and it was important he recovered because he’s important for the team.”
For McQueen it has been quite the baptism of fire, having already made his Premier League debut last weekend against Burnley as well as being handed his first senior start against Internazionle.
And the Saints boss commended his work after playing two important games in such a short space of time.
He added: “He finished very tired. It’s fabulous for him to play in these games but it’s difficult to finish as it’s very physical.
“He played with a good structure and he gave all his possibilities today to work with the team.
“Perhaps he cannot take the wide role today but it was important to stay in place, keep that organisation and get this point. “