Southampton's attacking prowess may have been the most noticeable part of their game so far this season, but goalkeeper Fraser Forster says that they are also very proud of their defensive qualities.
The Saints picked up their seventh clean sheet of the season so far by shutting out Leicester City in a 2-0 win.
It was a result which helped them consolidate the best defensive record in England, after conceding just five goals in the first 11 games.
Southampton have conceded six fewer goals than any other side in the country and Forster has described his pride at the achievement.
“We’ve made a fantastic start, and we’re proud to have the best defensive record in the country, but that’s why we work hard on the training field all week and we don’t want it to end," he said to the Daily Echo.
“There is no secret – we defend as a team, we have a settled back four and we make ourselves difficult to play against."
Southampton's form since the start of the campaign has been nothing short of remarkable and they are now seven points clear of fifth-placed Swansea City.
Ronald Koeman's men are starting to become genuine top-four candidates and with a number of regular European challengers struggling to find any sort of form they will be looking to extend the gap.
There is a feeling of optimism and excitement around St. Mary's at the moment which is arguably greater than ever before.
Koeman's men appear to have very few weaknesses and, despite many tipping them to fall short eventually, their good form is showing no signs of stopping.
If Forster, a summer signing from Celtic, and his defence continue to prove tough to break down they should be in an excellent position to pull off an unexpected finish.
Southampton's attacking talent is obvious and they are having no struggles hitting the back of the net, so keeping things tight at the other end is only going to result in three points.