Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez described his side's goalless draw away to Southampton as a "positive result", despite the Magpies extending their winless start to the Premier League season.
Saints midfielder Mario Lemina went closest to breaking the deadlock midway through the first half but his clever flick struck the post as Mark Hughes' side failed to register a first home win of the campaign.
The hosts had the better chances to win the game, however Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka produced a string of fine saves to preserve his clean sheet and end Newcastle's run of three consecutive league defeats.
"We are in a difficult position but it is a small step forward in terms of confidence and showing the team can compete," said Benitez.
"In terms of work rate and team spirit I can't complain. The fans realise it's a difficult situation and they got behind the team.
"In the circumstances it is a positive result, a clean sheet and one point away."