Last Updated: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:55
Jack Cork claims a bonding trip has given Southampton's players a fresh impetus to escape from the relegation places this season.
The Saints have endured a miserable return to the Premier League with just one win and two draws from their opening 11 games which has left the side four points adrift of Aston Villa in the final position of safety and boss Nigel Adkins' position coming under increasing pressure.
However, following a break at the luxury Four Seasons hotel in Hampshire last week, the team put in their best display of the season in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Swansea at St Mary's.
And, Cork is adamant the trip helped boost team morale and has given them renewed vigour to put together a run of good results, starting with this weekend's six-pointer against bottom of the table QPR who are without a win so far this term.
The midfielder, who made his first league appearance of the campaign against the Swans following a long-term injury problem, told the Echo: "We had a bit of training at Aldershot the first day. We went clay pigeon shooting and had a bit of team bonding.
"Punchy (Jason Puncheon) must have cheated because he got the best score. I was alright, I was in his group. He was just a lot better than everyone."
Cork added: "It was good for the lads to get our heads round it. It gave us another chance to think about tactics and get our heads really on the game, go back to our rooms and get our heads down."
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