Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse scored within a minute of each other in the closing stages to hand Southampton their first home win since January as they came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Wednesday (April 5).
Republic of Ireland striker Long spurned a trio of gilt-edged chances and Saints were nearly made to pay for that wastefulness, until Yoshida came to the rescue.
Ivory coast worldwide, Wilfried Zaha is in line for an improved contract at Crystal Palace once the club secures Premier League survival.
"Nobody really knows me apart from the players and the staff here, what I'm really like on a day to day basis because they see me when I walk through the door and when I'm behind the scenes in the dressing room". It just baffles me why he's kept his flag down, and how a professional at this level can get such a simple decision wrong.
"But it is a tough run-in and it's going to go down right to the wire I think. But what can you do about it?"
Palace boss Sam Allardyce said the injury was "more serious than we first thought".
"A look at the table shows how tight it is as again this year and if we can go there and get the result it will be a big statement". "He did some fantastic work for the team".
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"How many teams are still in it?" At least three of his through-balls deserved goals here.
But just when Saints appeared out of ideas, up popped Yoshida with the goal which turned the game.
Christian Benteke can be backed at 7/1 to follow up his victor against Chelsea with the first goal at St Mary's.
Saints were rightly aggrieved to be denied a clear penalty when referee Roger East dismissed claims for handball by Schlupp.
Palace could have made them pay, with Townsend nearly catching Fraser Forster off guard with his hooked effort from Milivojevic's searching ball, forcing the Southampton goalkeeper to back-pedal.
Over the past week or so, we've covered a lot of reports from France regarding the future of Crystal Palace star Yohan Cabaye at Selhurst Park.