Up against a strong Brighton XI, including a handful of senior players, defender Aaron O'Driscoll was pleased with Saints' overall performance after battling to a 1-1 draw.
Radhi Jaïdi's side fell behind in the first half, but drew deservedly level through Armani Little in the second period, and took a share of the Premier League 2 points back to Southampton.
With Leonardo Ulloa on the opposition team sheet, O'Driscoll welcomed the chance to test himself against a proven top-flight striker, and was pleased to have sealed a hard-fought point.
"It was a good experience, when you look at their team and see Ulloa's name you know you have to be ready for it," the teenager said. "I thought I did well enough against him, but it was a good test.
"It was good to know that I'm able to deal with that threat, because if you're going to play Premier League, you have to play against Premier League talent. I did okay so that's a big bonus.
"They had a strong team out, so we had to stand up, and could have nicked it at the end. We needed a strong solid performance, so it was a good point in the end.
"They didn't get too many chances, and the way their goal went in was very unlucky. We reacted well and got back in it. Overall it was a fair result, but both teams could have won it."