A late Jack Redshaw strike made it three wins in four league games for Morecambe as they overcame Southend on Saturday.
It was starting to look like a case of what might of been for the Shrimps who dominated the second half at the Globe Arena.
But Redshaw popped up two minutes from time to continue his great form in front of goal and his side's good run despite a late red card for Richard Brodie.
In a quiet start to the game, both sides were limited to half chances, first Kevin Ellison and then Redshaw firing decent efforts from distance over the bar for a Morecambe side unchanged from their win over Rochdale.
Britt Assombalonga, the visitors' danger man with nine goals in 12 games coming into the match was well-watched by the Shrimps' backline and dragged his first sight of goal horribly wide after 20 minutes.
Despite their solid start the Shrimps had a sloppy 10 minute spell in the middle of the first half and the Shrimpers nearly capitalised but visiting skipper Chris Barker was unable to get proper contact on an effort from close range from a corner from former Morecambe loanee Kevan Hurst.
Jim Bentley's side nearly went ahead just after the half hour mark however, Lewis Alessandra seeing a goal-bound shot from 12 yards blocked by Anthony Straker after the ball had broken to him in the box.
The visitors then went close themselves, Ryan Leonard looping a header over from around the penalty spot that kept Shrimps stopper Barry Roche interested at the end of a poor opening half where neither side tested the opposing goalkeeper.
As was to be expected, the second 45 proved to be far livelier than the first, with the Shrimps on the front foot right from the off.
All in the space of the opening 15 minutes, Jack Redshaw just failed to get on the end of a Gary McDonald header back across goal, Kevin Ellison fired straight at Paul Smith from the edge of the box and then Redshaw shot wide of the right-hand post from 12 yards after a excellent long pass from the impressive Jordan Mustoe had evaded Ryan Cresswell.
Southend, although under substantial pressure, weren't without chances of their own, Assombalonga very nearly getting on the end of a Sean Clohessy centre after an excellent move from the visitors.
But Morecambe continued to ask the questions, on 65 minutes Nick Fenton just unable to find his feet a few yards from goal and get a shot away as the visitors scrambled the ball clear.
Despite the home side's dominance of the second half, Southend nearly went ahead with five minutes to play.
Roche could only palm a Hurst cross and the ball broke to Johnson Clark-Harris but the substitute could only scuff his shot, allowing Nick Fenton to clear off the line.
Morecambe finally got a deserved goal two minutes from time, Redshaw reacting quickest after Ellison had knocked down a Wright cross to hammer home from 12 yards.
The drama wasn't done there however, with the Shrimps going down to ten men moments later, substitute Richard Brodie shown a straight red card for kicking out in a clash with Clohessy, who was booked.
The dismissal gave the visitors renewed vigour and they nearly snatched a point when Hurst curled an effort over the angle of post and bar in stoppage time, but it wasn't to be.
Morecambe: Roche, Wright, Haining (c), Fenton, Mustoe (Parrish 90), Drummond, Fleming, McDonald, Redshaw (McCready 90), Ellison, Alessandra (Brodie 73). Subs not used: Arestidou, Burrow, McCready, McGee, Parrish.
Booked: Mustoe, Haining. Red card: Brodie
Southend: Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell, Barker (c), Straker, Leonard (Phillips 88), Hurst, Timlin (Spicer 49), Martin (Clarke-Harris 83), Tomlin, Assombalonga. Subs not used: Bentley, Coughlan, Eastwood, Benyon.
Referee: Richard Clark