Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic says the English Premier League title race is not over despite his side's seven-point lead.
United capitalised on Manchester City's 0-0 draw against Queens Park Rangers by battling their way to a 2-1 victory over Southampton at Old Trafford thanks to a Wayne Rooney double.
But, while Vidic agrees United are in a favourable position, he said his side had not yet done enough to win back their crown.
"All in all, we have to be pleased with the result," he told MUTV. "If you look at the other teams, they all drew, so we're in a good position now.
"We have to now focus for the next game against Fulham. Away games are always hard so we need to think about that.
"We know that we have to forget the games that come before and always focus on the next ones. Nothing is finished yet. There is a long way to go but we're in a good position."
United had to withstand intense pressure from Mauricio Pochettino's men in the second half, and the Serbian agreed with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who felt Southampton were among the most impressive teams they had faced at home this season.
"We had to fight to win this game at the end," Vidic said. "You see we couldn't have possession of the ball and they were attacking all the time.
"Sometimes it's important to win this type of game. Obviously, the performance in the second half, we're not really pleased with, but I think we played some good football in the first half and had some good chances.
"Of course you have to show character – sometimes even when it's not happening for you. You have to defend and I think the whole team was pushed to the limits physically. It was a hard game and the pitch did not help."