Southampton overcame an early Jannik Vestergaard red card to grind out an excellent point against Leicester City and inch closer to mathematical safety in the Premier League.
Proceedings looked scarily like last season’s 9-0 as Vestergaard was harshly given his marching orders, but Saints stayed strong and showed they have plenty left to fight for with every player running themselves into the ground.
James Ward-Prowse’s penalty put his side 1-0 up in the second-half, but Jonny Evans struck back with a header to mean a share of the spoils. Given the quality of opposition they were up against with one man less for so much of the game, Saints fans can certainly be proud of this showing.
The second half of the campaign has been as much of a grind overall as this 90 minutes was but a 10-point gap to the bottom three can now mean significant enough breathing space for freedom in the final five matches.
If many players are playing for their futures in Hasenhuttl’s plans, this collective effort will have done no one any harm at all.
The Saints player ratings can be found on the following slides: