Blues boss Phil Brown was delighted to see his side earn a hard fought win over Shrewsbury Town to take Southend United's winning run to four consecutive victories.
Brown admitted his side 'didn't play well' but was pleased to see his side see the game out against ten-man Shrewsbury and pick up a valuable three points with a 1-0 win.
“The sign of a good side is one that doesn't play well but gets a results and that was us today. We didn't play well,” Brown said.
“The team deserve credit, they worked very hard. We scored so early and it put their team on the back foot. Micky Mellon's a tactician and he had to do it early on.
“With Micky changing his tactics, I had to do the same. We could have got a second goal to make it comfortable but we didn't. However, I'm delighted for them because a 1-0 win means the mentality is very good in there.
“It was a real tough struggle today against a team that have a lot of quality.”
And the boss was pleased to see Shaq Coulthirst find the back of the net after just two minutes, which proved to be the winning goal.
“I'm delighted for Shaq to score. I think he deserved it today and would have had a couple more if it wasn't for their goalkeeper. He looked across around the hour mark wondering if he'd be coming off but he deserved to stay on and he had a great 90 minutes.
“The confidence that will give him will be a big positive heading into another tough game against Morecambe next week”