Saints came agonisingly close to bagging a win at Watford yesterday after Shane Long’s opener, only for Andre Gray to hit a 90th minute equaliser.

Here are five things we learned from the game:

1. Long etched his name into Premier League history:

Daily Echo: Shane Long celebrates his goal against WatfordShane Long celebrates his goal against Watford

The game was only 7.69 seconds old when Long put Saints in the lead, which is the fastest goal in the league’s history.

Long charged down Craig Cathcart, which led to him being through on goal, before chipping the ball over Ben Foster’s head.

His goal beat Ledley King’s previous record of 9.9 seconds, which was set back in 2000 when the defender scored against Bradford.

2. Saints lose points from a winning position…again:

Daily Echo: Andre Gray equalises for WatfordAndre Gray equalises for Watford

The St Mary’s side have lost out on 25 points this season after taking the lead against their opponent.

Had they seen these games out, Saints would be sat in seventh position having already qualified for the Europa League.

Instead, they are fighting their way out of a relegation battle.

3. Yan Valery showed what was missing at Newcastle:

Daily Echo: Yan ValeryYan Valery

Valery was ill for the defeat at St. James’ Park but made his comeback during last night’s draw.

The youngster was brought on during the second half and immediately made an impact in both attack and defence.

He went on an excellent run and, but for a better final pass, would have played Nathan Redmond in who was bursting into the box.

4. One more win to secure Premier League safety:

Daily Echo: Nathan Redmond comes close to all but securing Saints' Premier League safety against WatfordNathan Redmond comes close to all but securing Saints' Premier League safety against Watford

Due to Saints having a superior goal difference to Cardiff, one more victory against Bournemouth, West Ham or Huddersfield will see them finish the season above the relegation zone.

They were closing in on an eight-point gap last night, only for Watford to equalise in the final moments.

Despite this, Saints have a superior goal difference over their fellow rivals, as well a comfortable gap over Cardiff.

5. Hasenhuttl learned from Newcastle mistake:

Daily Echo: Jack Stephens in action against WatfordJack Stephens in action against Watford

Saints duo Jack Stephens and Jan Bednarek improved massively from last Saturday’s match.

At St. James’ Park, Hasenhuttl had deployed the pair on the opposite sides of the defence to what they are used to.

Last night, though, the Saints boss switched them back and they immediately looked a lot more comfortable.