Ralph Hassenhuttl always thought Southampton could fight their way towards Premier League survival, otherwise he would never have taken the challenge.
After their 1-1 draw with Watford on Tuesday, the Saints edged closer to safety as they are six points clear of relegation-threatened Cardiff City and with a superior goal difference.
Victory over Bournemouth on Saturday would complete a remarkable turnaround since Hussehuttl took over from Mark Hughes in early December.
Asked if he had any doubts of what could be achieved, the Austrian said: “If I thought we could not do this, I would not have taken the job.
“In the moment I made the decision to do this job, it was clear I trust my team and that we can stay in the league.
“The way was a very difficult one, but we invested a lot, my staff and the team in this club, to leave this negative track we were in.
“I think we have now the feeling that we are in a period where something is growing here and that is the most important thing for everybody working in this club that we see that we started to go on a journey that is going in the right direction.”
Three more points would see the Saints reach the 40 point mark and the boss feels the players owe it to everyone associated with the club to produce the required performance.
“I know this is something like a derby against Bournemouth on the south coast, because they are not so far away from each other,” the Southampton manager said.
“It is a special game and for us it is mainly a special game because we can make the last step.
“We are very motivated to make the last step in front of our crowd – it is exactly what we wanted to have three games before the end and now we have the chance.”