Graham Alexander insisted he was happy with a point from his first game in charge of Fleetwood following the goalless draw with in-form Southend.
The former Preston and Burnley defender was appointed on Thursday and had spent just a few hours with his players ahead of the clash - which gave him his first real opportunity to assess his squad.
He said: "There are things we need to work on and things that pleased us but the lads' commitment to the team can't be faulted. We were put under pressure by Southend. First half I thought it was quite frustrating. Southend were probably the better team.
"But we came back into it. The introduction of Jamie Milligan gave us a little bit more creativity in there and lifted the team a little bit.
"In the second half we found a lot more width and created a couple of opportunities.
"We created the space to do that. I'm pleased with a point and a clean sheet."
Southend boss Paul Sturrock was happy in the end to settle for a point.
He said: "Maybe we weren't at the top of our game. We've created a few chances and then had to make some good saves as well - one at the end of the first half and two or three after the break.
"The exuberance of having a new manager showed in Fleetwood.
"It wasn't an easy place to come. We will have wanted the three, but we'll take the one."