Mark Hughes says his squad are relishing taking on Chelsea at St Mary’s this weekend in the Premier League.
Saints progressed past Everton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
And with the in-form Blues next up, Hughes believes that result proved another injection of confidence following a series of displays that have merited more.
“We’re looking forward to it. Chelsea are an outstanding side and have got good talent collectively and individually that we’ll have to deal with,” Hughes said.
“I think for the most part we’re playing ok. We got the rewards for our efforts on Tuesday, and we want to go into the international break with a positive performance and a result if we can.
"We don't seem to have had many home games and the ones we've had are always difficult. There's another one on the horizon so we'll look forward to it.
"We're in a decent place in terms of our performance levels and we've got to back that up with results, clearly.
"It's a case of let's see how far our performances can take us and let's have a go against them."
Changes were made for the Carabao Cup win, with Hughes calling upon those who have been knocking on his door for a starting berth to give him food for thought.
That he says, was exactly what they delivered and he paid tribute to the strength of his squad.
Hughes added: “It was the important that we went strong, which we did, but it gave me an opportunity to give game to some of the guys that have missed out in recent weeks and every one of them stepped up to the plate.
“It didn’t surprise me because the way they train and the way they apply themselves meant I didn’t expect there to be any lessening of their ability to make an impact.
“They perform correctly, and get extra work because they are missing out on game time. You’ve got to do that conscientiously because if you don’t you won’t be able to make the impact when you’re called upon.
“I think it showed the professionalism of everybody at the club.”