Claude Puel reserved praise for Fraser Forster after he helped Southampton to keep a clean sheet against AFC Bournemouth.
Harry Arter ballooned a second-half penalty over the crossbar before Forster denied him with a superb save from a left-footed drive late on to keep things at 0-0.
And while Puel was pleased with his goalkeeper, he also warned that they must be stronger, as attentions now turn to Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
“It’s a clean sheet but it is with luck I think. I prefer to get a clean sheet with strong defence and quality,” said Puel.
“I would also like to talk about the good performance of Fraser Forster who made some good saves to get one point today.”
“It was a good thing to be back at St Mary’s but it’s a disappointment because we wanted to offer a good result for all the fans.
“The most important today is to take one point because it wasn’t a good performance and we can do better of course.
“It’s important now to recover well and to start to think about playing Crystal Palace on Wednesday.”