Colchester boss Joe Dunne is pleased with the way his team finished the League One season after beating Walsall 1-0.
The U's were already assured of League One football next season ahead of their final game of the campaign against Walsall but they ended 2013/14 in style with a 1-0 victory at the Banks's Stadium.
A fluke goal in the 53rd minute gave Colchester all three points. An intended clearance by Saddlers defender James Chambers crashed against the shins of U's midfielder Craig Eastmond and rebounded past goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell
Dunne, relieved that his men had avoided the drop, said: "It's unlucky on Walsall when things like that go against you, but we have had games this season when we have played well and ended up with nothing..
"It's been a positive end to the season with three wins and a draw in the last five games and I am delighted with a clean sheet.
"I think it will take time to say how we shall do next season. Some people are saying it will be an easier league but I don't agree with that. It is an extremely competitive league.
Dunne also had special praise for veteran Karl Duguid who played his last game for the club before retiring after over 400 appearances.
He went on for the last 20 minutes, and Dunne added: "He has been a fantastic servant to this club and other clubs he has served."