Southend boss Paul Sturrock paid tribute to young Watford loanee Britt Assombalonga after he scored twice in a 3-1 home victory over 10-man Dagenham.
The hosts had an extra man for 83 minutes after Luke Wilkinson was sent off for a professional foul on Gavin Tomlin.
And a first-half brace from Assombalonga sent the Shrimpers on their way to a third home victory in eight days before defender Ryan Cresswell sealed the victory after the break.
Sturrock thought his side could have performed better, though, and he said: "We got sloppy and lazy at the start of the second half and Dagenham are a very athletic team who made it hard for us.
"They had a good chance to get an equaliser when it was 2-1 but overall I think we had more opportunities and deserved the three points.
"It was great for Britt to get another couple of goals and we're pleased with how well he's doing at the moment. He's young and works hard and his goals helped us to make it three wins a row."
After seeing his men go down to 10 men so early in the game, frustrated Daggers boss John Still was critical of referee Lee Collins' performance
"I was disappointed by the referee's decisions and I certainly didn't think they helped the game," said Still.
"But even when we went down to 10 men we got a goal back and then a couple of chances to get an equaliser.
"Southend got their third goal straight after which is also disappointing, but there were positives for us to take out of the game and we just need to keep on working hard to turn our performances in to wins."