Morecambe manager Jim Bentley was a happy man after seeing his side win for the first time since Boxing Day.

A goal from substitute Jack Redshaw after 68 minutes proved enough to hand the Shrimps a 2-1 victory over Southend.

Bentley said: "I wanted a response after our 5-0 hammering at Plymouth and I got it.

"We have had a tough week. The lads have been in every day and we have worked them really hard and it paid dividends finally.

"We made things difficult for ourselves once again, though, by conceding an early goal again but after that we rolled up our sleeves and showed great character and determination to get the points.

"We never let our heads drop and I'm so pleased for everyone, the players and the fans because they have been through a tough few weeks but showed great spirit to take three vital points.

"Hopefully now we can build on this and get a few more wins to secure our safety.''

Redshaw was the hosts' matchwinner courtesy of a superb finish with his first touch of the ball.

The goal came within seconds of Southend wasting a glorious chance at the other end, allowing the Shrimps to break through right-back Shaun Beeley, whose cross was expertly finished by Redshaw.

Southend went close to a late equaliser, with Barry Corr heading over from six yards out and Conor Clifford shooting just over.

Morecambe started brightly as Andy Fleming and Kevin Ellison both drilled shots wide of the target in the first few minutes but it was the home side who struck first.

Former Morecambe winger Kevan Hurst delivered an inviting cross from the left and midfielder Ryan Leonard ran on to the ball perfectly and headed into the top corner.

Hurst himself went close to a second with a curling effort which flew just past a post before Morecambe levelled after 29 minutes through Ellison.

There looked to be little danger as the ball was pumped into the Southend area but a mix-up in the visitors' defence allowed the veteran striker the chance to slot the ball past Daniel Bentley from the tightest of angles by the left-hand touchline.

Southend boss Phil Brown was furious with the way his side fell away after a great start to the game.

He said: "We started superbly and got an excellent goal but we didn't take advantage of that.

"We gave away a really sloppy goal to let them back in the game and we never recovered. It really took the stuffing out of us.

"We were poor in the second half and their second goal was another killer because it came just seconds after we could have scored.

"Morecambe had too much nous for us at the end of the day and we have to learn that we can't play pretty football all the time, especially on a pitch as poor as this one.

"Morecambe played the conditions the better and that proved to be the difference.''