ISAAC Hutchinson feels Southend United are on the up heading into tonight’s clash at Shrewsbury Town.

The Shrimpers drew 3-3 against Fleetwood Town on Saturday to pick up their first point of the season.

And Hutchinson is now keen for Blues to produce another positive performance against the Shrews.

“We are all very determined to build on Saturday now,” said Hutchinson.

“Our confidence has been lifted so now we can’t wait to get back on the pitch and put in another good performance for the club.

“The club has felt a happier place after Saturday and a bit of a weight has been lifted off of our shoulders.

“But we know draws aren’t good enough and we want to be winning every game so that’s what we are working towards.

“We expect a tough test against Shrewsbury but we are are all confident that we can win the game and expect nothing less.”

Hutchinson will also be hoping to help make that happen.

And the 19-year-old was thrilled to be in the starting line-up for Saturday’s match.

“I was really happy to be start the game on Saturday,” said Hutchinson.

“ I felt I had a good week’s training and been working hard with all the other lads so was happy to be rewarded for that.”

And Hutchinson was also encouraged by Blues’ display.

“ I think there were a lot of positives to take from Saturday’s game,” said the youngster.

“I think we made improvements in the way we attacked and the chances we created as well as working better defensively as a team.

“We were all very happy to get the first point on the board too.”

Blues secured the share of the spoils with Gary Waddock in charge following the departure of Kevin Bond.

And Hutchinson is enjoying working with the new boss.

“I’ve enjoyed the time we’ve had with the new manager,” said Hutchinson.

“The standard and intensity of training has been lifted and there’s more competition for places in the team so it’s been good for all of us.”

But Hutchinson will again be hoping to make an impression tonight as he strives to bounce back from the red card he was shown at Leyton Orient in the Trophy earlier this month.

"After the sending off I feel extra motivated to do my best for the team and for myself as I felt I let a lot of people down," said Hutchinson.

"My focus is now on staying in the team and helping the team as much as possible to win the upcoming games.

"I’m looking forward to doing so too."