Lee Cattermole believes Sunderland's new-found battling spirit will serve them well when attention returns to their scrap for Premier League survival.
Gus Poyet's side backed up Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United with a dogged 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round win over Kidderminster on Saturday.
But the Black Cats remain in 19th place in the league, one point adrift of safety, with a home clash against struggling Stoke to come on Wednesday night followed by a trip to St James' Park for the derby against Newcastle at the weekend.
"We seem to be doing better away from home at the minute than we are at home," said Cattermole.
"But we showed against Southampton, we came back. They are a very good team, Southampton, they aren't the Southampton team of old.
"They came here and they are as good as any team in the league at the minute. They are very well organised and it was a tough game.
"But we came back from that, and we have got to go with the same attitude against Stoke and just keep grinding out results, and we are gradually clawing the teams back.
"We have got to go again on Wednesday as well, and then we go straight into the derby after that, so it's all go.
"But when you are a team playing well, that's what you want."