It was a positive weekend for Saints’ loanees, with four victories from five across the Championship, League Two and the Belgian Pro League.
Beginning closest to home, Matt Targett made a winning home debut for new club Fulham; the full-back impressed in his side’s convincing 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest before being substituted for Denis Odoi in second-half stoppage time.
The result saw Saints’ FA Cup Third-Round opponents climb above Bristol City into fifth and into the play-off places.
At the other end of the table, Sam Gallagher featured for the full 90 minutes as Birmingham City continued their strong recent form by beating nine-man Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at Hillsbrough.
Three first-half goals from David Davis and Jota (2) mean that the Blues have now collected 10 points from a possible 15 since the turn of the year to pull clear of the relegation zone.
Elsewhere in the division, Harrison Reed’s Norwich consolidated their position in mid-table with a 1-0 success over Middlesbrough at Carrow Road; German midfielder Tom Trybull secured the points with a long-range drive on the stroke of half time.
In League Two, Ryan Seager came off the bench with half an hour to play to help Yeovil to a 2-0 victory over Cambridge at Huish Park.
Across the Channel, Jordy Clasie started Club Brugge’s entertaining 3-3 draw with Charleroi in the Belgian Pro League. The Dutch midfielder was substituted on 62 minutes in the meeting between first and second place. Brugge remain nine points clear at the top of the table.