Southend full-back Peter Gilbert has stated that the difficult times at the club is bringing everyone together.
In what has been a rollercoaster ride of a year for the Shrimpers, their financial worries saw them relegated to League Two and lose several of their best players, as well as manager Steve Tilson.
Southend have made a mixed start to life in the fourth tier, picking up seven points from their first six games, but Gilbert feels the squad are finding that playing is the best solution to off-field worries.
"We all know about the problems here, but things are improving from day-to-day, and away from all of the stuff behind the scenes, it does mean that when we step out onto the pitch we can channel some of that frustration in the best way possible - winning football matches," said the 27-year-old
"Our recent form has been OK, It was brilliant to beat Torquay United, who have really started the season like a train, and although we lost at Northampton last weekend, that was our only defeat in four matches, so things are looking up.
"The players are looking around now and wondering how far this side can go. Many pundits reckoned at the start of season that we were in for a long battle against the drop, but in Paul Sturrock we've got a manager who really knows what he's doing, and there's a good spirit around the place."