LONDON (AP) — Just six points off the summit with the Premier League's best away record, Tottenham seems far from in crisis, however much the club appears to be in disarray.
A week after Andre Villas-Boas saw his team routed 5-0 by Liverpool before being fired, interim manager Tim Sherwood's first experience of Premier League management was a 3-2 victory at Southampton on Sunday.
Adebayor Emmanuel has been brought in from the cold by Sherwood after being exiled by Villas-Boas and marked his first league start of the season by providing two goals, including the match winner.
Sherwood, though, doesn't know if he'll still be in charge for Thursday's match against West Bromwich Albion, which is also searching for a new manager.
"I don't want (the job) on a temporary basis — I want it for the long term," Sherwood said.
A sixth away win of the campaign moved Tottenham four points from fourth place where Everton sits after Ross Barkley's free kick clinched a 2-1 win at Swansea in the day's other game.
Everton's stay in fourth won't last long if Chelsea, which is a point behind, wins at third-place Arsenal on Monday.
The season had opened with Southampton emerging as top-four contenders, but the Saints are now without a win in six games.
The south-coast team had led against Tottenham after Adam Lallana scored his fourth of the season in the 13th minute.
Fed by Danny Fox, Lallana turned Vlad Chiriches before striking low past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The first from Adebayor, though, brought Tottenham level in the 25th, with the Togo striker sticking out his right boot to meet Roberto Soldado's cross and volley into the net.
The first goal by a Tottenham striker in the league since October jolted the visitors into action and Spurs were more purposeful from that moment.
They went in front in the 54th following a slick move that ended with Danny Rose's cross being turned inadvertently into his own goal by Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld.
In a thrilling game, the hosts were back in it within five minutes.
Lloris raced off his line to meet Lallana but the Southampton captain squared for Rickie Lambert to tap the equalizer into an open net.