Blues suffered back-to-back home defeats in League One after Ivan Toney’s late strike secured Peterborough a 3-2 win at Roots Hall...
Despite the number of players missing for Blues, they more than matched the league leaders in the first-half but were undone by a Siriki Dembele free-kick which was bundled in by Godden.
The Posh doubled their advantage early in the second-half, again from a set-piece, with Godden putting the finishing touch on the move by smashing it high into the roof of the net.
Southend’s Player of the Month for August, Tom Hopper, reduced the arrears after tapping in Simon Cox's cross from close range before Stephen McLaughlin fired Blues level with 15 minutes to go.
With both sides pressing for a winner, Peterborough caught the Blues late on after Joe Ward’s cross across the six-yard box was fired home from close range by Ivan Toney to win it.
The goal, in front of the Peterborough fans, had manager Steve Evans on the pitch celebrating with Peterborough picking up their first win at Roots Hall since 1999.
Victory for the visitors maintained their place at the top of the table while it was a disappointing way for Chris Powell to celebrate his 49th birthday with a third home defeat of the season.
It was yet another 87th-minute strike that cost Southend a point in a game where they more than matched up to the table-toppers despite Blues' ever-growing list of absentees.