JAMES Ward-Prowse believes Saints will be “safe and sound” in the Premier League come the end of the season.

After their 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday, Saints climbed out of the relegation zone but remain clear only on goal difference with ten games left to play.

The 23-year-old midfielder is sure, despite the continuing scrap for survival, that Mauricio Pellegrino’s men will avoid the drop to the Championship.

"Yeah, I do. The quality of the squad that we've got and the players we've got, the experiences we've had,” he said.

"We shouldn't be where we are, but I am sure come the end of the season we'll be safe and sound."

Only the top-flight’s bottom side, West Bromwich Albion, have a worst home record than Saints this season.

Pellegrino’s side have picked up 15 points from 15 matches at St Mary’s, while the Baggies have 13 points from 14 outings at The Hawthorns.

With just four home games left this term – against Stoke, Bournemouth, Chelsea and Manchester City, Ward-Prowse is keen to atone for their woeful form in front of their own supporters.

"I don't think there's a negative atmosphere. I think everybody's just frustrated at maybe our lack of wins, but it happens in football,” the England international said about playing at St Mary’s.

"But times like this is time for everyone to be united. The fans and the players haven't been used to this situation for a while, so it is difficult.

"But it's a challenge and we're looking forward to meeting it head on.

“We've got a great chance next week against Stoke to make sure we put that right."

Manolo Gabbiadini rescued a point for Saints in the 90th minute at Burnley after Ashley Barnes had given the hosts the lead.

"It's a point on the board and it's a stepping stone in the right direction for us,” he said.