Paul Sturrock had special praise for Ryan Hall and Bilel Mohsni after their goals against Oxford kept Southend's promotion dream alive.
Hall had scored winners against Oxford twice already this season and he set the Shrimpers on their way when his 19th-minute free-kick hit the net for his 14th goal of the campaign.
Mohsni then got the crucial second with a well-placed header from Peter Gilbert's cross, ensuring Southend could yet claim third place in npower League Two on the final day of the season this weekend.
Boss Sturrock said: "Ryan's a quality player. I've been pleased with him, with his work-rate as well.
"Mohsni's unbelievable in the air. He's the best centre-half I've ever signed."
He added: "It's been a scary season, but it's fantastic that it's going to the last game of the season. Two teams have to lose and draw next week and we have to win. Momentum-wise, we're going in the right direction for the play-offs."