Saints were twice pegged back by Arsenal to draw 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Here are five things we learned from the game:

1. Their performance feels like a turning point:

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Saints have every right to feel as though yesterday was a big opportunity missed.

They battered Arsenal for large parts of the match and should have sealed the win when a host of their second half chances went begging.

Despite the initial disappointment they will feel, this result could prove to be a catalyst for the crucial five games they are about to play.

2. Danny Ings can’t stop scoring:

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When Ings is on the pitch, you know Saints are going to have half a chance of getting a positive result.

He took his Premier League tally to six for the season at the Emirates after being alert to Ryan Bertrand's quick free kick.

You get the sense that Ings is going to be crucial over the December period if the St Mary’s side are going to climb off the foot of the table.

3. Michael Obafemi was back in the fold:

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Obafemi was handed his first Premier League start of the campaign by Hasenhuttl and responded with a solid performance.

It’s been a difficult few months for the striker after fighting his way back from a hamstring injury he sustained at the Emirates last season.

He’s been openly criticised in the past by Saints’ boss for his professionalism but is obviously getting his head down and working hard to improve his faults.

4. It should be a confidence booster going into Watford:

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Saints have to take all the positives from yesterday’s draw into the game with Watford next weekend.

With the Hornets losing 3-0 to Burnley, Hasenhuttl’s side will be able to leapfrog them in the table should they win at St Mary’s.

What they can’t do is allow home pressure to get the better of them because another defeat on their own turf will leave them with an even bigger mountain to climb.

5. Kevin Danso and Che Adams were axed from the squad:

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Summer signings Adams and Danso were both left out of Hasenhuttl’s matchday squad for Arsenal.

Adams hasn’t found his scoring boots in the Premier League, with Danso yet to be given a real chance in his natural centre-back position.

In the build-up to the match, the Saints boss confirmed he had a full squad to pick from, which is what makes their exclusion all the more interesting. Especially as Adams cost £15m.