Southend United manager Phil Brown felt his side's quality shone through following the 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground.Blues, who had two second-half penalties, missed one, through Barry Corr, and scored one, through Lee Barnard, to kick their season off with a win.
With the winning goal coming in the 83rd minute, Brown says he felt Blues' quality would shine through before the end, and so it proved.
He said: "We had to grind the win out, but I felt we had the quality to go on and win the game and that's what happened.
"The lads kept going and got the winning goal with just under ten minutes remaining. We would have liked it to come sooner but we had to work hard to break the opposition down.
"We probably should have won the game by a bigger margin, but we're delighted to get our season off to a winning start.
"I thought the referee got both penalty decisions correct. Lee took it well and that will provide him with a great confidence boost."
Brown was pleased to see Blues' pace, through new signings Shaquile Coulthirst and Myles Weston, cause Accrington problems.
He added: "Shaq and Myles both have the pace to trouble defenders and they are also a good out ball for the defenders.
"They can get in behind the defenders and allow us to push further up the pitch.
"Supporters were probably surprised I took Shaq off, because he'd had a good game and won the first penalty, but he's had a big week since joining.
"Myles has had a very good pre-season and seems to be linking up well with Barry Corr and Lee Barnard.
"It's one down, 45 to go - hopefully all wins - but there are plenty of positives to take from today's great start."