Manager Paul Sturrock is calling on his side to gather some momentum after Southend United recorded a 2-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win against Wimbledon on Tuesday night.
Ryan Cresswell’s stoppage time winner booked the Blues place in round two as United extended their unbeaten run to three matches.
And with Dagenham and Redbridge next up at Roots Hall in League Two, Sturrock hopes his team can continue their run of form.
“Winning football games keeps everyone happy and that is the important thing for us, to build some momentum,” Sturrock told the official website.
“I thought we started the match very, very well and could have had two or three goals inside the first half and hour.
“Tomlin was trying to walk the ball into he back of the net rather than strike it and then we lost our way a wee bit.
“They then scored with their only real chance and in the second half we could have scored a hatful.
“But we huffed and puffed and then sods law we changed our style a bit and got the result we need.”
Gavin Tomlin’s second half penalty leveled proceedings at Roots Hall after Southend had fallen behind to Frankie Merrifield’s opener.
But with the match looking destined for penalties, Ryan Cresswell headed home a winner three minutes into stoppage time.
“Gavin (Tomlin) is off and running but I would like for him to get a goal from open play but at the end of the day a goal is a goal,” he said.
“The match looked as if it was going to penalties but the big man pops up again.
“Our final cross and finish let us down tonight and we should have taken the game out of sight.
“But in the end I am very pleased with the result and I think it was merited.”