Debutant Tamika Mkandawire was finally able to put 12 months of injury agony behind him on Tuesday night.
The Millwall loanee has been out of action since November 2011 with a knee injury.
And having made his first competitive start in nearly a year against Bristol Rovers, the midfielder hopes to now help Southend climb the league table.
“It has been nearly a year since my last 90 minutes in the league so I am delighted to be given an opportunity,” he told the official website.
“I felt good in the first half but in the second half I felt pretty tired. I am glad I got through it though and I am very pleased we won.
“This has been a really hard period for me. Being injured is very frustrating and I had a few setbacks along the way.
“So it is really good to put that to bed as my knee feels fine now and I just need to build up my match fitness.”
Mkandawire was drafted into the Southend midfield for the 3-2 win against Bristol Rovers.
He partnered one time Millwall teammate Marc Laird who he revealed helped sell him on the move to Roots Hall.
“I know Marc Laird and Neil Harris from Millwall and they spoke very highly of things so it was no brainer really,” he said.
“Now I want to help Southend pick up points and climb the league table. It is not just a personal thing for me I want the team to do well also.
“We played well last night, particularly in the first half. We didn’t get going in the second half as much as we like to but it is a good three points in my first match.”