STEVEN Davis knows that Saints’ next run of favourable fixtures will be “massive” in the context of their season.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have lost back-to-back Premier League matches, but have the chance to get back on track with several winnable games.

Saints have three home games in the next run of four matches, with the only away trip to newly-promoted Brighton.

They play Newcastle, West Brom and Burnley at St Mary’s, so there’s big scope in this next run for Saints to finally build some momentum.

Davis said: “It’s massive. We need to try and put a run of results together and wins at that.

“We’re not where we’d like to be at this stage of the season after the games that we’ve played.

“Performances as a whole have been of a decent standard but results haven’t been what we wanted and it’s important we marry the two together.”

Captain Davis would have liked to head-off on a crucial international break on a high, but that was not possible after Saints’ 2-1 defeat at Stoke.

“It’s never easy to go away for the ten days after this. We wanted to go away on a high and that’s not the case this time,” he said.

“But in football there’s always the next game and you have to concentrate on that and that will be with the national side.”

Davis and the Northern Ireland play world champions Germany and Norway in World Cup qualifiers this week.

Michael O’Neill’s side secured second spot in Group C and only an unlikely series of results will deny them a place in the play-offs next month.

“It’s going to be a massive test,” he said about the Germany game. “We know all the quality that they’ve got and how much they test you.

“We couldn’t have a much bigger test, but it’s a good game for us and one that our fans and ourselves are looking forward to.”

Davis is focused on keeping the momentum that Northern Ireland have built up during an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign.

“We don’t really know what the permutations are exactly but you’d expect the points that we’re on to be in the mix for that,” he said.

“We want to go out there and keep that momentum up that we’ve got and finish the group strongly.”