Match ends, Southampton 0, Hull City 0.
Southampton 0-0 Hull City
Hull City boss Marco Silva said Eldin Jakupovic's stoppage-time penalty save secured a "really important point" at Southampton as his side edged closer to Premier League survival and relegated bottom club Sunderland.
The Tigers had to better Sunderland's result to see off one of their relegation rivals, but looked to also be heading for defeat when Alfred N'Diaye was penalised for felling Maya Yoshida in the area on 90 minutes.
However, Dusan Tadic's low shot was superbly saved by Jakupovic as Hull moved three points clear of the relegation zone.
"We deserved the point," said Silva. "Of course, I want more - but it helped us to change our away form."
The draw brought Hull only their second point in eight away games since Silva was appointed in January - the first since a goalless draw at Manchester United in February.
"We have analysed the games and changed some things - our balance, organisation and focus is very important. We achieved all these things," Silva told BBC Sport.
"We knew before it would be really difficult for us but we had a very good performance, the first half was really very good - we controlled the game."
Though Hull were on top for long periods, the late drama provided an unexpected finish to an otherwise uninspiring game.
Kamil Grosicki went closest for the visitors as he hit the post with a free-kick on six minutes, while Oumar Niasse missed two late chances.
But Hull's real strength lay in their defence, with Harry Maguire making several crucial blocks.
The Tigers have won 19 of their 21 points under Silva at home, and host relegated Sunderland at the KCOM Stadium next weekend.
"It is one more final for us," said Silva. "We play always with risk and big pressure - for me it is normal and I want to players to get used to it and enjoy it.
"We respect Sunderland and we need to work hard to win the game."
Hull resolute on the road at last
Until N'Diaye's ill-advised tussle with Yoshida resulted in the spot-kick, Hull were excellent in defence, rarely making an error.
The defensive organisation Silva has brought to his side has been more evident at home, but a team that had leaked 41 away goals prior to this game finally showed nous on the road too.
Their gritty display was epitomised by a towering performance from captain Maguire, who made excellent tackles on Sofiane Boufal and Tadic to help limit Southampton to just two shots on target.
Hull only had one shot on target themselves, and away goals remain an issue for a side who have scored only nine all season - fewer than any other Premier League side.
Niasse should have scored the 10th but missed two good chances either side of Jakupovic's penalty save - blasting high over the bar when unmarked before producing a tame effort from Grosicki's corner that was easily blocked on the line by Cedric Soares.
A winner would have taken Hull five points clear, but a point increases the pressure on 18th-placed Swansea before their trip to Manchester United on Sunday.
Man of the match - Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City)
Sick of home Saints
There was a smattering of boos directed at the departing Saints players at half-time as the home crowd aired their frustration at a side that once again lacked creativity in front of goal.
Jakupovic's save means Southampton have gone goalless in three of their past four home games, having scored just 17 times at St Mary's all season, with only relegated Sunderland (16) and all-but-doomed Middlesbrough (14) scoring fewer.
Manolo Gabbiadini was kept quiet by compatriot Andrea Ranocchia, while record signing Boufal again struggled as both were withdrawn in a double change for Josh Sims and Shane Long.
That injection of youth and pace failed to inspire Southampton, as they resorted to firing efforts high and wide of the Hull goal.
Ninth-placed Saints, however, can again secure a top-half finish despite the sale of key players and the long-standing injury to standout centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
But, with three of their five remaining games coming at home - including the visits of top-four chasing Manchester United and Arsenal, Puel needs to find a quick remedy to prevent them sliding down the table.
'We were poor' - Puel
Southampton boss Claude Puel: "We could've won this game but we could've lost it also with their last corner.
"I don't know if we deserved to win because there wasn't enough from us - it was poor play and we have to accept this, we have to do better.
"It was not enough against an organised, strong defensive unit - the quality was not enough and I agree with the fans [that showed their disappointment]."
Hull break unwanted penalty record - match stats
- Hull picked up only their second point on the road under Marco Silva in the top flight this season (eight away games played).
- Southampton have had only two victories in their past eight Premier League home games (D2 L4).
- No team has failed to score in as many away games as Hull in the Premier League this season (10, same as Middlesbrough and Sunderland).
- Jakupovic registered his second penalty save of the season in the Premier League, no other keeper has more.
- The Tigers have conceded a league-high 12 penalties this season, with 10 of them successfully converted by their opponents.
- Indeed, those 12 penalties are the most conceded by any team in a single Premier League campaign.
Southampton travel to Liverpool on Sunday, 7 May, with kick-off at 13:30 BST. Hull City host relegated Sunderland a day earlier at 15:00 BST.
- 19BoufalSubstituted forSimsat 58'minutes
- 22RedmondSubstituted forRodriguezat 87'minutes
- 20GabbiadiniSubstituted forLongat 59'minutes
- 13RanocchiaBooked at 90mins
- 5MaguireBooked at 70mins
- 10N'DiayeBooked at 90mins
- 50MarkovicSubstituted forDawsonat 90'minutes
- 40EvandroSubstituted forHenriksenat 72'minutes
- 17GrosickiSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 83'minutes
- Mike Dean
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Hull City 0.
Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Clucas (Hull City).
Attempt blocked. Oumar Niasse (Hull City) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Michael Dawson with a headed pass.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.
Andrea Ranocchia (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Josh Sims (Southampton).
Sam Clucas (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Eldin Jakupovic.
Penalty saved! Dusan Tadic (Southampton) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
Alfred N'Diaye (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Penalty Southampton. Maya Yoshida draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Alfred N'Diaye (Hull City) after a foul in the penalty area.
Substitution, Hull City. Michael Dawson replaces Lazar Markovic.
Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Lazar Markovic (Hull City).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Nathan Redmond.
Delay in match Sam Clucas (Hull City) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Long.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Attempt missed. Oumar Niasse (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Markus Henriksen with a headed pass.
Substitution, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone replaces Kamil Grosicki.
Attempt blocked. Sam Clucas (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Attempt saved. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lazar Markovic.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Harry Maguire.
Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.
Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.
Attempt blocked. Markus Henriksen (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.
Cédric Soares (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kamil Grosicki (Hull City).
Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).
Lazar Markovic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Hull City. Markus Henriksen replaces Evandro.
Harry Maguire (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Harry Maguire (Hull City).
Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.