Former Southampton star Graeme Le Saux is confident they will beat the drop.
Le Saux believes his former club are good enough to be in the top flight at the end of this season.
He told the Daily Echo: “I’ve seen them quite a few times away from St Mary’s and, thankfully, they’ve been much more positive since Christmas.
“The game that stands out for me was the defeat at West Brom back in November.
“Although they were beaten 2-0 it was a real watershed result. That was the lowest point, afterwards we all thought we’d be reading about Nigel Adkins going in the morning.
“But their form picked up, they’re tighter at the back and they’re playing with more freedom and creativity through midfield and the wide areas.
“They’ve been much more positive, which was why it was such a surprise when Nigel Adkins was replaced. You can only presume that decision was made before Christmas.
“But Southampton fans are some of the most loyal anywhere and ultimately you have to support the team, especially with Premier League survival being so vital for the club.
“I want to see Southampton win the Premier League as I think all neutrals do. It always felt so wrong to see them in the Championship and League One.”