Steven Davis was pleased with the fighting spirit shown in Southampton’s stalemate against in-form Liverpool at St Mary’s.
The performance bore all the hallmarks of why Claude Puel’s men have been so difficult to beat at St Mary’s this season.
And that resilience is something Davis feels will be important moving forward after keeping the visitors at bay.
“We had to dig in there against a very good side that tests you all the time. We would have liked to have done better in terms of attacking play, but we showed a lot of spirit and fight and got a good point in the end," said Davis.
“We always try to play and that’s been evident since the start of the season, but you’ve got to be realistic in some games.
“They pressed us very well. They were well organised and it was hard to play out from the back at times.
“The longer the game goes on you don’t want to give them opportunities so naturally or perhaps even subconsciously you drop a little deeper and try to plug the gaps.
“Overall I think we did that quite well. They had a couple of opportunities and Fraser’s pulled off a couple of excellent saves.”
With another big week in prospect, competing in both the UEFA Europa League and Premier League respectively, Davis is hoping to build some momentum after being pleased with the consistency of performances despite a busy schedule.
“We’ve dealt with it quite well so far. Obviously the Hull game was a massive disappointment because we played well bar five minutes.
“It was important to get back to getting some points on the board on Saturday.
“We need to now go and build on it again and put a run together.”