Southampton forward Rickie Lambert is refusing to admit the Saints are safe from relegation until it is mathematically impossible for them to go down.
The South Coast side gained a crucial three points at struggling Reading to move them seven points clear of the relegation zone with just six games to play.
Former Saints boss Nigel Adkins looks as if he will be back in the Championship next season after his former side stuck the knife into his survival hopes and Reading are bottom of the league and eight points from safety.
Lambert has been on fine form this season scoring 14 goals and having an all-round positive impact on the team that included a vital assist yesterday.
Southampton are now up to 11th in the Premier League in their first season back in the big time but Lambert is still not becoming complacent.
“We’re still not safe,” Lambert told talkSPORT.
“We can’t afford to relax until we’re mathematically certain we’re safe. That’s when we can enjoy knowing we’re going to be in the Premier League next season.
“But we’re not looking to just stay in the league, we’re looking to push up and see how high we can finish because it’s so close at the bottom.”
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