Southend United manager Phil Brown felt his side's will to win is what kept them in the hunt for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League 2.Michael Timlin struck the only goal of their game at Exeter City on Saturday in the second minute of stoppage time.
That result extended the Shrimpers' winning run to six matches and left them three points behind third-placed Wycombe Wanderers with a game in hand.
Southend travel to fourth-placed Bury on Tuesday where a win for either side would thrust them right into top-three contention.
"Exeter are a decent side, I knew it was going to be a footballing test as opposed to a physical test," Brown said.
"They played more football than us but I think we had more determination than them.
"It is a great game on Tuesday now, everything that you need. It is a six-pointer in the true sense of word. It is for the third place. We have won the last five now and six clean sheets on the bounce. I am absolutely delighted with the mentality of the group.
"It is going to be brilliant up there on Tuesday. They are street-wise, hard to play against and have one or two match winners.”