James Ward-Prowse: Southampton in confident mood ahead of Leicester trip

James Ward-Prowse believes Southampton can head to Premier League champions Leicester City full of confidence.

The Saints extended their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions following a goalless draw away to Hapoel Beer Sheva in their Europa League tie on Thursday night.

There will be little downtime for the squad ahead of Sunday's trip to the King Power Stadium, when Southampton will aim to record a third straight Premier League win following victories over Swansea and West Ham.

"We have to keep building, but I think we are looking solid and confident at the moment. We have proven we were solid defensively,'' Ward-Prowse told the club's official website. "It would be great to get a win before the international break.''

Southampton manager Claude Puel gambled by resting captain Jose Fonte, top scorer Charlie Austin, Ryan Bertrand and Steven Davis for Thursday's trip to Israel, while he then went on to substitute youngster Jake Hesketh in the 35th minute -- over concerns about the game's physicality rather than the 20-year-old's performance.

Nevertheless, the draw at a venue where the Israeli side are yet to lose since the stadium opened in September 2015 leaves Southampton in a solid position ahead of their trip to Inter Milan at the end of October.

Ward-Prowse added: "We have given ourselves a really good chance to progress to the next stage. We have to continue and build on this. It's another game unbeaten and we have to take that into the rest of the games in this group.''

Puel believes his squad can only grow from their experiences in Europe, adding: "It is important to keep a good calm and analysis, to build [towards] our qualification. It is not possible to win all the games and it is not possible to always dominate and have many chances, so we did not concede a goal and will keep this point."