Craig Fleming was pleased with the application shown by his players during their 2-2 draw away at West Bromwich Albion.
Having taken the lead within the opening five minutes, Saints were soon pegged back by two goals in quick succession from Nick Clayton-Phillips.
And although they adapted to the pitch conditions well, Fleming felt both first-half goals could well have been avoided.
“It was a good start,” he explained.
“It was a very dry, hard and bumpy pitch, but we coped well with the demands of the game and started very well.
“We deserved to get the opening goal but then conceded from two corners which we didn’t defend well enough for, if I am honest.”
Despite going behind, Fleming’s men continued to create opportunities and equalised on 75 minutes through Michael Obafemi.
Obafemi then had a chance in the closing stages to seal all three points, but his volley bounced clear off the West Brom post.
“To be fair to the players they really dug in,” continued Fleming.
“We weren’t at our best today by a long shot but they dug in, stayed in the game and got the equaliser late in the game.
“It was a good start with a not-so-good middle and then a good finish. That was how the game ebbed and flowed, really.”