Defender Mark Phillips felt his Southend United side were good for all three points against Cheltenham Town on Saturday afternoon.
Phillips was on target with his first goal of the season in the 3-1 win at Whaddon Road.
And the 30-year-old believed last seasons beaten play-off finalists were unable to cope with the Blues in the final 60 minutes.
“It was a real tough game,” Phillips told the official website.
“We had to roll our sleeves up but we played some nice football and I think they struggled to stay with us at the end.
“Cheltenham are a good team and nearly went up last year in the play-off final.
“We knew away from home they would come at us but if we soaked it up then we would get the win.
“The gaffer made a change and it ended up changing the game.”
Phillips headed home Southend’s third goal in the 52nd minute after Britt Assombalonga handed the visitors the lead three minutes earlier.
After nine goals last season it was the ex-Brentford defenders first of this campaign.
And after watching central defensive partner Ryan Cresswell get among the goals already he was relieved to get his account up and running.
“It was really nice to notch a goal myself as the ball hasn’t seemed to come anywhere near me so far,” he said.
“It seems like Ryan Cresswell has got a magnet on him as the ball drops to him all over the park so it was nice for me to chip in as well.”