Southampton were completely outplayed in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, and the result put them back in the relegation zone, one point from the safety of 17th place.
But the Saints have reason for optimism as the new year approaches.
Southampton took eight points out of a possible 15 in November and have four very winnable games left in December: They will host Reading and Sunderland and travel to Fulham and Stoke City.
Gaining eight points from those four matches would put Southampton at 20 points after 19 games, halfway to the magic safety number of 40 points.
Looking ahead, here are five reasons why fans should keep the faith that Southampton will remain in the Premier League for 2013-14.