Simon Cox could not have understated how important the point against Portsmouth was in Southend United’s season.
The striker took his tally to 15 for the season with a sensational hat-trick against Pompey as he led Blues back from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw.
And Cox said the point meant more to him than his heroics which put him one goal behind his best goals return in a season at the club.
“The hat-trick is something that is really nice personally, but to come from 3-0 to a team that are going to be up there at the end of the season is even more pleasing,” he said.
“To show the belief and character in the dressing room, this is massive for us. Especially after the week that we’ve had, going down to 10 men at Charlton for 60-odd minutes, then a long trip to Doncaster where we were a little bit lacklustre in our performance and then to come here and show the belief and desire to come back from 3-0 down speaks volumes for the players in the dressing room.
“At 3-0 down we were thinking please don’t let it be four, five or six.
“You don’t want to get beat by three at any time in the season, especially not in front of the cameras as well.
“The manager was brave and made a decision, rightly, that we had to show some character.
“We got a goal just before half time and then at half time we were all in the dressing room saying we have to believe, if we didn't believe there’s no point really going out there in the second half.
“We believed in the dressing room and that was the main thing.”
Although it was a great comeback, Cox feels Blues need capitalise when on top.
“I actually thought we started the game quite well and then we conceded,” he added.
“We either need to score while we’re on top or at least not concede when we’re on top.
“That’s a thing we’re going to have to put right soon.”
Cox added: “We’re always going to be quite cagey on where we look [in the table]. Until we get to that magical points mark of, I think, about 50 points we’re going to be cagey.
“We want to get another win under our belts, we want to get to that points marker as quickly as we can and then look to whatever else we can do.”