Despite losing Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham this summer, new manager Ronald Koeman has continued the Argentine's great work so far this campaign. The Dutchman had to deal with the departures of Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, but has so far made a mockery of their exits by guiding the Saints to second in the Premier League table - just three points behind leaders Chelsea.
With just one defeat so far - the opening day loss to Liverpool on the opening day of the season - Koeman's men have since racked up four wins and a draw from the last five games, including today's victory over Queens Park Rangers at St. Mary's Stadium.
The game threatened to be a potential banana skin as Harry Redknapp returned to the South Coast, especially after the high of Southampton's midweek win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium - and that's how it looked in the first half, as QPR kept Southampton at bay despite a number of attempts on goal.
Yet just nine minutes into the second half, Southampton had the breakthrough drove the ball home past Robert Green, but Rangers threatened to spoil the party as Charlie Austin volleyed QPR level just after the hour mark.
However, they couldn't hold on for long as Graziano Pelle continued his great run of form with a spectacular overhead kick, leaving Green with absolutely no chance. The Southampton bandwagon continues, and their next game sees them take on former Saints boss Pochettino at Tottenham next weekend.