Returning midfielder Michael Timlin has branded Saturday’s match with Wycombe Wanderers as ‘massive’.
Timlin is available for selection again this weekend following a one-match suspension against Northampton Town.
And the former Fulham trainee has admitted the team need to put pressure on themselves to secure their first three points of the season.
“It is a massive game for us this Saturday and we have to make sure we put things right,” he told the official website.
“I think we massively need to put pressure on ourselves this Saturday to get a result.
“We have to look at ourselves and make sure that we start the right way and hopefully we can put in a good performance.
“Even if that is not a win then we have to make sure it is a good display as it is important to show the fans we are doing the right things.”
Timlin sat out last weeks 3-3 draw against the Cobblers after being sent off against Oxford United.
He was handed two yellow cards inside the opening half hour at the Kassam Stadium as Southend went on to lose 2-0.
But despite feeling hard done by, Timlin acknowledged he was to blame.
“I was disappointed to miss the Northampton game,” he said.
“With the first booking at Oxford I felt I won the ball but the referee said I went in too firm and with the second one it was stupid and clumsy from me to put myself in a position to warrant a second yellow card.
“I took that on the chin as it was my own fault, but I have to ensure I am careful from now on.”
The enforced spell on the sidelines did however afford Timlin the opportunity to continue his rehabilitation work from a summer shoulder problem.
After making a surprise start against Accrington Stanley after just two days training, Timlin has spent the last week getting up to speed.
“In a funny way it (the ban) was probably a blessing in disguise as it has helped me get another week or two of training in,” he admitted.
“When I played Accrington I had only trained two days so I am looking at it in a positive way.
“I have been able to do some more training a rehab which should hopefully make me stronger.
“I get a bit of stiffness every now and then but that’s understandable having been out for quite a while.
“Apart from that I have had no problems whatsoever and it is feeling really good.
“I’m feeling really positive with how it has gone as Michael Duberry at Oxford had to have the same operation I would have had to have and he’s now out for three months.”
Tickets for Saturday’s match at Roots Hall are still on sale from the Blues Box Office.