Ralph Hasenhuttl has called for calm after Saints’ incredible win over Tottenham insisting that the team aren’t safe yet.

The atmosphere at St Mary’s was understandably buzzing after the 2-1 Spurs win, but with victories for Cardiff, Newcastle and Brighton on the same day, Saints are still only two points above the bottom three.

Though Saints fans are understandably confident that their team can see their way to safety, Hasenhuttl wants to guard against complacency.

“We lost against Man United 3-2 after a really sensational game we played there,” reflected Hasenhuttl. “We only earned warm words and I said to them we want to earn more than warm words. We want to earn points for what we were doing.

“They showed that they believe in what they are doing and that’s what the crowd felt in the second half – that there is a team on the pitch that are fighting for every goal and for every point.

“It was a moment to celebrate with them but also to tell them it is only one step. A big one maybe, but if you see the other results we still have wins to take and a long way to go.

“It helps a lot if you have three weeks no game with a win against Tottenham.”

Saints now go into a three week break without a fixture, but in good spirits.

“It’s better to go into this three weeks with the win and above the line,” admitted Hasenhuttl.

“The last break we had for two weeks we were under the line and after the Cardiff game mentally it was a horrible two weeks because we had no chance to make this last defeat forgotten.

“Also we have the chance to bring Ingsy (Danny Ings) back on the pitch and we need him and maybe if he’s fit against Brighton then we have another opportunity for the first role.

“We will use this time for good working.”

The winner was netted by James Ward-Prowse, who bagged his sixth goal in nine Premier League games just ahead of the announcement of the latest England squad.

Once again it was a wonderful free kick that did the damage – even though Hasenhuttl says he doesn’t seem to practice them that much.

“I don’t see him that often – maybe he does it when I’m not on the pitch,” he laughed.

“In the moment maybe he doesn’t have to do it that often because he has a lot of self confidence in these situations at the moment.

“If you have this technique in your mind maybe you go there with the feeling you can score and that helps more in these moments than the practise you do.”

There is also potentially good news on Shane Long, who was forced off through injury.

“He got a kick on the hamstring and I don’t know how big the injury is,” reported the Saints boss. “Maybe it’s not so worse.”