Harrison Reed says Saints got an important wake-up call when Swansea City beat Arsenal on Monday night.
The result for Garry Monk’s side moved them to within a point of seventh-placed Saints ahead of the final two games of the campaign.
Reed, who was named in the starting line-up by Ronald Koeman for last weekend’s game against Leicester City, says that result has put the pressure on Saints ahead of facing Aston Villa on Saturday.
“We’re keeping an eye on the teams around us and obviously we’ve had a bit of a wake-up call on Monday with Swansea turning over Arsenal,” Reed told Southampton’s official YouTube channel.
“We know now how important it is to get these points under our belts in the last two games and that’s going to stay in our heads next season. If we end well we can then push on next year.
“We’ll keep pushing and doing our work on the training ground to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves.
“But Swansea winning means they are only one point behind us now and it puts the pressure on us to win on Saturday.
“We need to focus on the last two games and make sure this is a special season. We need to keep pushing to get the points we need in the last two games.”
The first of those two games comes against Aston Villa at St Mary’s on Saturday. Tim Sherwood’s side have been on a positive run in recent weeks but Reed believes Saints can claim all three points if they bring their best game to the party.
“They’re in good form at the minute, they are in the FA Cup final and Tim Sherwood has got them going,” Reed added.
“They are playing good football and getting results so we need to be strong, we need to stick to our game. We know if we turn up and play our football we can turn any side over so that is what we’ll be trying to do.
“They are fighting for their lives and anyone down there is going to be out the traps quickly. We know that but obviously we didn’t deal with that well last Saturday.
“We’re working hard, we’re sharp and we’re getting in eachother’s faces on the training pitch. We can expect that on Saturday so we’re ready.
“We need to give the fans what they deserve. If we can get the crowd behind us early doors that will be great and that’s what we’ll try to do.”