Oriol Romeu says Wednesday’s clash with Crystal Palace represents another big game, as Southampton look to fend off the teams behind them in the table.
Saints head into the next round of fixtures in tenth position in the Premier League, but the six teams below them are each within three points.
The last of those is Palace, who are up to 16th in the table after winning four in a row, including Saturday’s shock 2-1 victory at leaders Chelsea.
"It’s another big game,” said Romeu. "Now we are very tight in the table and winning or losing makes a big difference.
"We just want to get points and create a gap between ourselves and the teams underneath in the lower part of the table. To get that we need to win games.”
Reflecting on Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Bournemouth, the midfielder told reporters: "I think the only thing that we could a little bit regret was going in to half time with the score 0-0.
"I think we had many chances in the first half, we played good football but in the second, they had more. They played more aggressive, created more chances and we can be happy with a draw.
"I wouldn’t say it was bad game from us. I think the team played well and I think the first half was good. We had some good chances – the only thing we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
"Being honest we should go one or two ahead in the first half and thought would have given us much more space in the second half. That didn’t happen so we had to change the game in the second half."