Brighton need a point from their last two games to stay in the Premier League after Danny Ings’ 20th league goal of the season denied them victory at Southampton.
The Seagulls would have secured a place in the top flight with a win and went ahead through Neal Maupay’s low shot.
But the Saints improved in the second half and deservedly equalised when Ings easily beat goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
Ings is the first Saints player to score 20 goals in a Premier League season since James Beattie in 2002-03.
The former Liverpool forward was once again outstanding in attack for the home side, having an effort rightly ruled out for offside in the first half and cracking a shot against the post before he eventually did score.
His goal also ensured that Southampton did not set a new club record of 11 home defeats in a Premier League season.
Brighton are six points clear of 18th-placed Bournemouth with six available, and have a better goal difference, but a point against Newcastle next Monday would cement their place in the top flight.
Ings excels again
Ings predicted this would be his “most exciting season” when he joined permanently from Liverpool last summer for £20m – and he was spot on.
That fee looks cheap now – at £1m a goal – and only Jamie Vardy has scored more in the league.
Ings had a match-high five shots and always looked a threat, as well as twice going close to creating a goal for substitute Che Adams in a second half dominated by Southampton.
The Saints’ poor home form remains somewhat of a mystery – they are the only club in the division to earn more points on the road – but they are unbeaten in five games now and are ending the season strongly.
They may soon lose midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, however. News broke during the match that Everton have opened talks with Southampton for the Denmark international – who actually filled in at right-back to good effect.
More to follow.