West Ham United skipper Kevin Nolan believes his side showed a strong response to defeat last time out when forcing a stalemate at Southampton on Sunday.

The Hammers were desperately disappointed with their performance as they went down to a 1-0 loss against Stoke City before the international break, but were happier with life again after playing with solidity against the Saints.

Jussi Jaaskelainen was in sparkling form to deny Dani Osvaldo, Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, but the visitors may yet have won it themselves when James Collins fired over when well-placed late on.

All in all, Nolan was satisfied with the point and he says it gives the Londoners a base to build from in the next set of fixtures.

He said: "It was the kind of response we needed after the Stoke game a couple of weeks ago. When you're away from home, you know the away team is going to have a bit of play at some stage. You've got to respect that and I think we did.

"We could even have snuck it at the end with Ginge's effort, so we're reasonably happy and hopefully now we can start building on that again.

"First half we were pleased with the performance. We knew Southampton would have a bit of the play in the second half, they had a few good chances but Jussi rose to them and I think 0-0 was the fairest result.

"We're happy to come away with a result, it's a tough place to come to and they're a very good side."

Jaaskelainen's saves, coupled with sturdy defensive work from the back four in front of him, secured a third clean sheet in four Barclays Premier League starts, and although the blank West Ham drew means it is now three league games without a goal going forward, Nolan is happy with the foundations they are building.

He continued: "As long as you're keeping clean sheets, you can build from a solid foundation. Three clean sheets from the first four games is a good return.

"We're working hard in training [at scoring more goals], we had a bit of unlucky news at the start of this week because we thought we were going to have the big man back.

"That wasn't to be and it's up to us to step up and start scoring the goals. I'm just hoping the chances come my way, I had one which I put in the back of the net on Sunday, which was ruled out for offside.

"It's one of those things, we've all got to chip in. We've just signed [Mladen] Petric too, which hopefully will add a bit more firepower for us."

With five points gained from the first four matches, Nolan is fairly satisfied with the start his team have made.

He added: "We've got five points from the first four games and you always want more. We might have got more on Sunday, but then that might have been unfair on Southampton.

"The game was a bit of a reflection of our season so far - we've got to be reasonably happy with five points. We've got another home game coming up, and another chance to put that Stoke game right.

"We know it's going to be tough, all the lads watched Everton play fantastically against Chelsea, but it's a game we're all looking forward to."