Blues got off the mark in League One after Jason Demetriou’s penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
After a bright start from Blues which saw Tom Hopper have a goal ruled out for offside in the opening three minutes, Southend went behind after Graham Carey scored a contentious penalty.
Southend responded well with Hopper and Sam Mantom forcing fine saves from Matt Macey but there was little he could do about Demetriou’s spot-kick after Timothee Dieng was fouled.
Shortly after, both managers were given their marching orders after an altercation which meant they had to watch the second half from the now unused Grandstand.
But after a frenetic first-half, neither side could keep pace in the second period as both sides settled for their first points of the season.
Having been so soundly beaten 4-0 on their last visit to Argyle back in March, a point will be seen as a big improvement by Chris Powell’s side who hadn’t won at Home Park since 1999.