Maya Yoshida is hoping to bounce straight back to winning ways against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Saints endured a frustrating 0-0 draw against AFC Bournemouth in their most recent Premier League encounter - their first at St Mary’s since February 4th.
“It is unbelievable that it has been that long,” explained Yoshida.
“It has been such a long time waiting to play back here and we saw before the game how excited everyone was to be back at St Mary’s.
“They expected a lot from us and that made the result that bit more disappointing. Hopefully we can put it right against Crystal Palace.”
Jack Stephens played alongside Yoshida in the heart of defence, as Saints recorded a clean sheet against the Cherries.
And the Japan international praised the performance and development of his most recent defensive partner.
“Jack has progressed a lot, I think,” he continued.
“But we still have a lot to learn together. In that sense, we have to help each other and improve each other.
“I feel really good playing next to him and hopefully we can look at getting more clean sheet together in the future.”