Southend United recorded their first away win since October after Jason Demetriou’s penalty saw Blues beat Peterborough United 1-0 at the ABAX Stadium.
The Cypriot’s spot-kick came after just seven minutes when Stephen McLaughlin was brought down in the area by goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, who went the wrong way for the penalty.
Blues were made to work hard for the three points with Mark Oxley pulling off some impressive saves either side of the interval as Southend’s defence remained resolute.
A nasty injury to John White early in the second half – resulting in him leaving on a stretcher – meant Blues had to see off 10 minutes of added time to secure Chris Powell’s second successive win.
And they did just that to maintain Powell’s perfect start as Blues boss, pushing them further away from the drop-zone and securing Southend’s first back-to-back victories for almost four months.