Mauricio Pellegrino thanked the travelling support after more than 2,000 Saints fans made the journey to Stoke City yesterday.
Saints fell behind to Mame Biram Diouf’s first-half header, but deservedly drew level through Maya Yoshida only for substitute Peter Crouch to win the game late on for the hosts.
But Pellegrino is confident the support from the stands will help his players turn positive performances into results in the coming weeks.
“We have to be grateful to them,” he said, of the 2,064 who made the trip to the Potteries.
“They were always getting behind the team, pushing us and giving us the strength and energy to score.
“We have to come home with no points, but in the next few games, playing with this spirit and character, I think we will improve.
“We have to keep going.”