Coach Danny Butterfield has expressed his delight at the recent spirit shown by his high-flying Under-18s, who are currently on a stretch of eight league games unbeaten.
A 2-0 home victory over Norwich last week extended such run, with first-year pairing Kornelius Hansen and Enzo Robise finding the net, in the absence of Butterfield's more regular forward line.
A host of injuries and Under-23s call-ups will once again restrict squad selection as Saints travel to Aston Villa tomorrow, but Butterfield is confident his teenage cohort can still produce.
"We've not come up against Villa yet this season, but they'll be a similar threat to most sides in this league," the former Saints defender said.
"We can only control what we do. It is another chance for the boys to maintain this momentum and form, and we're looking for another positive performance.
me and craig [fleming] are both proud of what these young players are achieving!
"This group are organised, and they all understand each other's roles. There is a certain togetherness and confidence which is a consequence of good results.
"Hard work is a given, but they're also open to improving. No one is the complete package at this age, but all of these young lads take their development seriously.
"We really emphasise the quality and application in training, so that when you're called upon, you are ready. Credit to the first years, they've had to be patient but opportunities are now arising.
"Me and Craig [Fleming] are both proud of what these young players are achieving!"