Charlie Austin has called upon big characters to deliver and help move Southampton away from danger in the Premier League.
Austin returned to the side after a long injury lay-off for the 3-0 defeat against the Hammers.
That leaves seven games to go in the Premier League, with Arsenal next up at the Emirates.
“They are two massive games. Arsenal and Chelsea are trying to get in the Champions League but that is their job and we’re at the other end,” Austin said.
“It might help us a little bit, it shouldn’t do but everyone knows that is the way football is.
“The belief I have in my teammates bar that performance is that we can get out of this mess. We’ve got to go to Arsenal and try to get a result.”
After a frustrating spell on the sidelines, Austin added: “I’ve tried to rally the troops in the last 14 weeks as much as I can but it’s not the same as being on the pitch.
“I was on the pitch against West Ham and we didn’t get the result but now I’ve blown the cobwebs off, I’m ready to go to battle.
“Hopefully me, Ryan and the senior lads can pull the lads all the way through this.
“It’s going to need big characters, big heart and we never showed none of that but we have to go in one direction.”