Eldin Jakupovic saved a stoppage-time penalty as Hull picked up a rare away Premier League point at Southampton.
The hosts were awarded the spot-kick after Alfred N'Diaye bundled Maya Yoshida to the floor as a cross was sent into the box but Jakupovic bailed him out, getting a strong hand to Dusan Tadic's low effort.
The save actually relegated Sunderland, as they were losing at home to Bournemouth and needed Hull to lose too.
In a dull encounter it was the visitors’ Kamil Grosicki who had come closest to scoring before the late drama when his 30-yard free-kick clipped the outside of the post in the first half.
The two goalkeepers only had to make three saves between them all game as both sides struggled to create chances.
The draw moves Hull to 34 points, three clear of Swansea, who play at Manchester United on Sunday and have a superior goal difference, while Southampton remain ninth.
Hull edge closer to safety. Southampton were dreadful and very much there for the taking but, given Hull’s away form, a point shouldn’t be scoffed at and the late drama will have made it even more treasured. If they can continue their impressive home form this result gives Hull a great chance of staying up.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Eldin Jakupovic (Hull). He had very little to do but delivered when his team needed him to preserve a vital point.
Southampton: Forster 5, Cedric 5, Stephens 6, Yoshida 6, Bertrand 6, Romeu 5, Davis 5, Tadic 4, Boufal 4, Redmond 4, Gabbiadini 5. Subs: Sims 5, Long 5, Rodriguez n/a.
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