Ralph Hasenhuttl claimed Chelsea rarely threatened Southampton as the hosts ended their six-game losing run with a draw.
Chelsea dominated 71% of the possession but needed Mason Mount’s penalty to rescued a 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Takumi Minamino’s fine finish put Southampton ahead at the break and Hasenhuttl’s men held on for a morale-boosting point.
Former RB Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl’s Saints hassled ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea off their composed stride at St Mary’s Stadium.
“It was an important point for us,” Hasenhuttl told BT Sport.
“We played to the maximum. Tactically, against such a strong side, it’s important you’re committed.
“I didn’t see that many chances from them. With a little bit of luck we would’ve won the game.
“A draw today feels like a win. And it’s a step towards us returning to our normal form.
“With the ball we weren’t that great. It was tough but our goal was us at our best.
“Against such a strong side it was important everybody performed.
“No complaints about their penalty. We know the dangers of tackling in the box.
“We are believing in what we are doing. The Premier League is tough. For us, it is good that we take a point from such a strong side.”
“The draw for us is like a win today!”
“The Premier League is tough and for us, it’s good to take a point from such a strong side.”
“Now we go to Leeds and keep on going.”
Ralph Hasenhüttl on taking the point and his Southampton side moving on 🙌
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Ward-Prowse happy to break losing run
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse told BT Sport: “[This point is] important. It’s not nice to be on a losing streak.
“We knew it was going to be tough. We were up against a very tough team, rejuvenated with a new manager.
“It was a great finish from [Minamino]. He showed his quality and his class.
“[Chelsea’s penalty] was their only real moment in the game where they showed us difficulties. Everybody to a man defended really well.
“We were up against some really good players so we showed that little bit of grit today.
“Every team goes through a tough period. The games come fast so there’s plenty of opportunities to put things right. This was a good step.”