Paul Sturrock believes his Southend side made life difficult for themselves during their narrow 3-2 victory over struggling Hereford.
The Shrimpers climbed up to third place in League Two with the win, but were forced to hold on as the home side pressed for an unlikely point. Sturrock was disappointed with the way his side allowed Hereford back into the game.
"We don't make it easy and we're not clearing our lines," he said. "You can't afford to give two goals to anybody and Hereford's first was a Southend-made goal. However, on the plus side, we created an awful lot of chances but we should have finished it when we went 3-1 up - but that is football."
He added: "All credit to Hereford for their fighting spirit, but I thought we deserved the result."
Southend held on to move into the automatic promotion spots following Shrewsbury's defeat to Plymouth, but Sturrock is not getting carried away with his side's position.
"We've got two difficult games against Aldershot and Bristol Rovers in the next week and hopefully we can keep going on," he said. "We were fortunate that the other results went our way, but there is going to be a lot of ebbs and flows before the end of the season."
Hereford's new boss Richard O'Kelly was disappointed after suffering his first defeat since taking up the challenge to keep the Bulls in the Football League.
"I don't think we got started until the last 10 minutes of the game," he said.
"We stepped up a gear, I know it helps when you get a goal, but I was over the moon to get the penalty because it got us back in the game.
"We kept fighting and we could have got something out of it at the end."