Burton manager Gary Rowett felt his side were fortunate to win 1-0 at 10-man Southend.
The Brewers bagged all three points at Roots Hall thanks to a late free-kick from Jacques Maghoma. But Rowett was full of praise for the Shrimpers, who had midfielder John Spicer sent off after just 13 minutes.
"Southend were absolutely terrific and a draw was the least they deserved but you could argue we got our rewards for carrying on and pushing for the goal," said Rowett.
"That is probably the worst we have played and we still managed to come away with three points so we have to be pleased. It was an excellent free-kick from Jacques at the end but I didn't want him to take it at first as I thought it was too far out.
"He has now scored two free-kicks for us this season and has probably never scored one in training in the three years he has been with us. A win in League Two is never easy to come by and funnily enough before the game I was saying we have had no luck this season. I wasn't trying to curse anyone but we managed to get that bit of luck."
Burton played with an extra man for 77 minutes after Spicer was dismissed for a poor challenge on former Southend striker Matt Paterson. Southend managed to remain on top though, with Freddy Eastwood having a deflected shot kept out by Burton goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson.
At the start of the second half, Britt Assombalonga and Kevan Hurst both headed wide of the target from close range for the hosts. Burton got back in to the game with the introduction of Adi Yussuff and he twice came close to scoring. The striker sent Maghoma's cross over the crossbar from eight yards before sending a 20-yard volley just off target.
Maghoma then sent an injury-time free-kick in to the bottom left corner of the net from 30 yards, which left Southend manager Paul Sturrock frustrated at the final whistle.
"Football can be a very cruel game and that was certainly the case for us," said Sturrock. "I didn't have a great view of the red card because John had his back to me when he made the challenge but after he went off I still thought we looked a very competent side. The players worked tirelessly and really rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in.
"I was pleased by how they all gave everything they had but we just couldn't quite hang on and the late goal was a real kick in the teeth. We're all disappointed and another suspension is not going to help our cause. Ryan Leonard picked up a hamstring problem in the warm up so he's out as well but we will have to keep battling on and if we keep on working hard like that we should be ok."