Mauricio Pellegrino was pleased with the attitude of his players after Southampton pushed for a late winner in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s.
Saints briefly held a first-half lead when Davinson Sanchez turned Ryan Bertrand’s low cross into his own net, only for Harry Kane to head home a quick-fire leveller.
Not content with a share of the spoils against the Champions League hopefuls, Saints threatened to snatch victory as substitutes Michael Obafemi – a 17-year-old debutant – and Sofiane Boufal both came close in the dying minutes.
“We have to be pleased with the way we competed,” said manager Pellegrino.
“We showed the right attitude and I think we are on the right path, even though looking at the table we know we are in a difficult moment.
“In three or four weeks’ time, everything can change.
“We have to use this attitude to grow and to believe, because confidence and belief in ourselves is the best drug for our dressing room right now.
“I think we were a little bit lucky in some aspects, but unlucky with our chances too.
“We took some risks and we were in the game until the end; we could win and we could lose, but that’s part of football.”