Graziano Pellè admitted his joy at striking twice against Tottenham was tempered by the side’s failure to take all three points.
The frontman put Saints ahead in the first half and restored the lead after Erik Lamela equalised, only for Nacer Chadli to secure a point for the north Londoners.
And, despite taking his goalscoring account for the season to 15, Pellè was left thinking about what might have been once the full-time whistle had blown.
“For us, it was an important game today,” said the striker. “Personally, as a striker, it was important to get two goals for my team but it’s always nicer if we win.
“We are a bit frustrated that we lost two points because they would have been really important for the rest of the season. We came here to win the game.”
Saints now sit sixth with four games remaining, meaning Ronald Koeman’s men will need Spurs to slip up if they are to leapfrog into fifth.
And Pellè is insistent that the side will stay positive as they look to cap what is now a record-breaking Premier League season in style.
“Now we have to be positive until the end of the season,” he affirmed. “We have to try to believe.
“There are still four games to go and a lot of points still, so we have to try to get the maximum result to get as high as possible.”