Nathan Redmond praised the Southampton supporters for the part they played in an improved performance that saw Saints go toe to toe with Manchester United.
The hosts raced into a two-goal lead through super strikes from Stuart Armstrong and Cédric – both scoring for the first time at St Mary’s – but back came the visitors to level the scores at half time.
Saints kept pushing for a winner that never came, but Redmond could feel the support of the home crowd even after their team were pegged back.
“We need performances like that with everyone fighting, no matter who’s on the field, and with the fans fully behind us today, which was fantastic to hear and to see,” he said.
“If we came out with all three points it would send us on a real high, but I feel like coming off the pitch today with the fans applauding the boys, they’re in it with us.
“It’s a good feeling and a good platform for us.”
Whilst acknowledging the period in which United fought back, Redmond was keen to focus on Saints’ explosive start and resilient second half.
“We’re disappointed with a brief spell of ten or 15 minutes where we could’ve managed the game when we were 2-0 up,” he admitted.
“But at the same time, we’re trying to take the good things out of it like the first 20 minutes, and if we defend like we did in the second half, I think we’ll be fine this season.
“It comes down to game management, once we get the second goal, and that’s something we really need to look at and assess.
“The only way is up. We take a point, albeit it should be all three, but we go from here.”