RYAN Bertrand has urged everyone at Saints to “stand up” and help drag the club away from relegation danger.

The England international is not panicking yet about Saints’ predicament, despite them extending their home winless run to eight games – a new club record in the Premier League – in the goalless draw against Stoke on Saturday.

“You definitely need all the experience you can get and that’s what you need to draw on,” Bertrand said.

“Everyone needs to stand up and you can't do anything else but look forward because the table is still very tight.

“You're just looking to get that win and string one or two wins together and then it will be a completely different story.”

The 28-year-old left-back has been handed the captain's armband during this recent run with Steven Davis currently out injured.

The skipper was pleased with the team's performance in the second-half against the Potters, which saw the hosts create plenty of chances but fail to find an all-important winner.

It meant Saints’ relegation fears only heightened, but Bertrand wants them to take the positives from their latest display.

“We just applied more energy and just went up a notch in our intensity and we had them on the ropes but we didn't manage to score,” he said.

“It was a good way to finish. If you're going to draw it is better to finish as the team in the ascendancy so we can take positive from that and move on.

“We know the points were there to be won but we didn't quite get over the line today.”

The state of play in the lower reaches of the Premier League remains tight with virtually all of the bottom half in a fight for survival.

Saints now have a trip to Newcastle this Saturday, before visiting West Ham (March 31) following the FA Cup quarter-final at Wigan (March 18) and after the international break.

“There are a lot of positives to take from how tight it is so we just need to get the goals in and turn these goals into wins and it's a completely different story,” he said.

“We need to get our wins, especially playing the teams close to us. Draws are just not good enough for us at the moment.”