Steven Davis is targeting a return to winning ways when Everton visit St Mary’s on Sunday in the Premier League.
Saints fell to a 1-0 defeat to Sparta Praha in the Europa League, but attentions are now firmly focused back on domestic action.
And Davis knows they will have to be at their best to overcome a Toffees side with an array of quality.
“They’ve looked good and they obviously started the season very well. They’ve tailed off a little bit in the last few weeks,” said Davis.
“This gives us an opportunity to close the gap on them but they’re a quality side with players that can hurt you so we’ll have to be wary of that.
“But of course we’ll go into it with the same game plan as usual, and that’s focus on ourselves.
“If we do that then we’re confident we can get a result.”
The game also sees a return for former boss Ronald Koeman, something which Davis feels only adds an edge for the supporters.
He added: “I think for players we’re just focused on the game, but it maybe adds a little bit of spice for the supporters.
“It’s a game we’re looking forward to. Also, against Hull we bounced back with a decent result against Liverpool and a solid performance.
“It’s important we get back to winning ways and try to get those three points.
“If you keep clean sheets and you’ve got a good defensive record then it gives you a good opportunity to win games.
“We always know we’re capable of creating chances. Maybe we haven’t been as clinical as we’d have liked this season but hopefully that’s something we can put right in the next few weeks.”