Claude Puel says it is important that Southampton do not drop points at home for the second time in a matter of days, as they prepare to welcome in-form Crystal Palace.
Saints were held 0-0 by Bournemouth last Saturday, but are quickly back in action at St Mary's, with the visit of the Eagles.
With the six teams behind them all within three points – the last of which is Palace themselves – Puel is clear about how much weight is attached to the result.
"It's an important game, because we had a draw against Bournemouth," said the Saints boss.
it's important for us to give a good response on the pitch.claude puel
"It's important to win points at home. All the support of our fans will be important for this occasion.
"We've got to play against a good team, who are in confidence. They have won their last four games and have just conceded one goal. It's a great team for the moment.
"They are in form, but it's important for us to give a good response on the pitch. All my players have a good focus about this game, which is an important game, of course."