The Dutch defender said: “The goal shows the team spirit we have and determination not to lose and in the end we deserved a draw.
“Hopefully this can be a turning point for us. We have a week to recover and prepare for Stoke City away.
“That is going to be a massive game and we want to win it of course so we will see.
“Europe is definitely feasible, it us as easy as that. We have nine games left and we have all the confidence to do it and I think we are going to do it.
“It is a tough league. You see everyone can win from each other and it is very difficult for us to keep the consistency but we have a lot of quality in the team.
“We showed that by going sic games unbeaten before this week and we need to recover from this and hopefully get a win at Stoke.”
SOUTHAMPTON: (4-2-3-1): Forster 6; Martina 6, VAN DIJK 8, Fonte 4, Bertrand 5; Clasie 5 (Juanmi, 65, 6); Romeu 7; Mane 4 (Yoshida, 83), S Davis 5 (Ward-Prowse, 65, 5); Tadic 6; Pelle 5. Subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Reed, Olomola
UP NEXT: Stoke (a), Premier League, Saturday
SUNDERLAND: (4-1-4-1): Mannone 6; Yedlin 6, Kone 7, Kaboul 7, Van Aaanholt 7; Kirchoff 7 (O’Shea, 90); BORINI 7; M’Villa 6, Rodwell 6, Kazri 6 (Larsson, 76); N’Doye 6 (Defoe, 59, 7). Subs: Pickford, Jones, Toivonen, Mandron
UP NEXT: Newcastle (h), Premier League, Sunday March 20
Referee: Neil Swarbrick 7
Star player VIRGIL VAN DIJK – Superb at both ends
Star shocker JOSE FONTE – Deserved to be sent-off
Match rating 3