Graham Cummins secured a 1-1 draw for Exeter with a well-taken late equaliser at Southend.
The Shrimpers went ahead in the 33rd minute when David Worrall headed home for the Shrimpers.
But Cummins' effort 13 minutes from time made sure of a well-deserved point for the Grecians.
Southend had the better of the first half, with Lee Barnard striking the left post from close range after Ryan Leonard's long-range shot had been deflected into his path by Jack Payne.
However, Exeter were on top after the break...