Claude Puel was pleased with the reaction of his players at Anfield, as they earned a 0-0 draw away to Liverpool.
After a disappointing goalless draw at home to Hull in their previous outing, this was a far more satisfying stalemate for Saints, who needed a Fraser Forster penalty save from James Milner to secure what was a well-deserved point.
"I'm satisfied," said Puel. "After Hull City, it was not enough for us, and it was a good opportunity today to correct this and to show our mentality and spirit.
"They did some fantastic work today, with good organisation, discipline, structure and effort. It was fantastic on the defensive side.
"We tried after recovering the ball to start some good play, but it was difficult to play against this team, because they did some fantastic pressing against us and it was difficult to start with the ball.
"But we maintained this wall with the save of Fraser from the penalty, and that was important for all the squad, because I think we deserved a point.
The result meant Saints made it four games unbeaten against Liverpool this season, with four clean sheets, and Puel was delighted with that return.
"Four games against Liverpool and four clean sheets, when we know their quality and the offensive players they have, is very good," he said