In the latest Southampton news, Mark Hughes says he has the belief that his side can stay up after their success over Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Saints grabbed a vital win against their South coast rivals thanks to a Dusan Tadic inspired 2-1 victory.
The Serb put the hosts in front in the 25th minute with a neat left-footed finish into the bottom corner.
However, the alarms bells will have rung just before half time when Bournemouth’s Josh King equalised following slack defending at a corner kick from the home side.
It ultimately did not make any difference though as Tadic scored what proved to be the winner after a lovely toe-poked finish from the edge of the box following a mazy run by the 29-year-old.
The win means Southampton are still in the bottom three but are now just one point shy of 17th-placed Swansea with the two sides set to face off in what could be a defining moment of the season on May 8.
And Hughes is confident that Saturday’s showing proves Southampton have enough class in their ranks to escape the drop, after six consecutive years in the top flight.
“We need to keep this momentum and if we keep playing like this we will go close,” said the Welshman.
“We need to have the teams above us looking over their shoulder, and clearly this result does that for us. They know we have good quality.
“We needed to win the game, a draw wasn’t good enough. It was a huge effort.”
It was their first home win since beating Everton in November; a run of nine games without triumph at St Mary’s.
Hughes’ team go to Everton on Saturday before the aforementioned home game to Swansea, knowing picking up points in those two games is vital given the daunting prospect of a final-day showdown with champions Manchester City.
With that in mind, Southampton are priced at evens to be relegated with bet365.