Goalscorer Ryan Cresswell dedicated his winning goal against Bristol Rovers to his late sister Sophie.
Cresswell scored his fifth goal of the season to hand Southend United all three points at the Memorial Stadium.
And the Blues defender paid tribute to his little sisters’ memory on what would have been her 14th birthday.
“I want to dedicate the goal to my little sister who sadly isn’t with us,” Cresswell told the official website.
“It was her birthday Tuesday but unfortunately she is a star in the sky now but she was keeping a watchful eye over me.”
Cresswell’s winner came only after Southend had battled back from a goal down.
Fabian Broghammer handed the home side the lead before two quick fire goals on the stroke of half time from Gavin Tomlin and Kevan Hurst put United in front.
The ex-Rotherham captain then headed Blues 3-1 up before a 85th minute penalty gave manager Paul Sturrock’s side a late scare.
“Before they scored I thought we could have been two goals up,” he said. “We were creating chances and they were on the back foot.
“They caught us on the counter attack, which was disappointing because we have tightened up recently.
“The goal took two deflections on the way in but we picked ourselves up and it is a great win.
“We looked comfortable at 3-1 and they threw everything at us but we dealt with it well.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit giving the penalty away but we finished nice and strongly.”