Southampton spent 75 minutes cruising to a five-point lead at the top of the Npower Championship, but were given a late scare by ten-man Peterborough United at St Mary's.
Richard Chaplow, who has previous with Posh boss Darren Ferguson from their time together at Preston, and Jos Hooiveld put the hosts two goals in-front after just 16 minutes, and when Lee Frecklington saw red on 35 minutes the writing appeared on the wall for the visitors.
But, after failing to take chances of their own, Saints found themselves under unnecessary pressure late-on when substitute Emile Sinclair latched onto a George Boyd pass and fired his shot beyond Kelvin Davis.
It was not to be for Ferguson's side though, and whilst the game failed to live up to the hype of a goalscoring free-for-all, the London Road chief was happy to take some pride in the efforts of his players.
“Most teams would have gone under after finding themselves two goals down and a man down before half-time against the team at the top of the table," said Ferguson post-match.
"But my lads kept going until the end which they always do. We tried to frustrate them in the second half and they did become edgy after we scored, but in the end we paid for a disapponting start. Again we conceded two sloppy goals early in the game."
On the red card, he added: “I would have to see the tackles again before I make a comment. I will say that the referee cautioned Lee very early in the game when he let other fouls go. But I would never expect my players to appeal for an opponent to be sent off, unlike Southampton.”
Nigel Adkins refuted the suggestion that his players had helped get Frecklington sent-off, and was adamant the referee had made the right decision.
And, whilst the Saints boss wasn't raving about his side's performance post-match, he was happy to see work on the training ground come to fruition with both goals.
“It was a sending off for their player as well and there were a few challenges going in early doors, but it was a second yellow and in the modern game you can’t do what he’s gone and done," said Adkins.
“They were two good goals we scored off the training ground and I’m delighted with them. We needed to move the ball a lot quicker but it’s three points, 19 straight wins at home and we keep marching on."