Notts County eased their relegation fears as Craig Westcarr and an own goal from Nathan Clarke secured them a 2-0 win against lacklustre Colchester.
The visitors were in the driving seat early on as David Mooney's lob from 25 yards beat County goalkeeper Stuart Nelson but clipped the post.
Nelson was then out quickly to dive at the feet of Colchester striker Kayode Odejayi, but from then on Notts took control as visiting goalkeeper Mark Cousins tipped over a header from Krystian Pearce and pushed away Kevin McDonald's curler.
Alan Gow put Westcarr through and he knocked the ball inside Cousins, ran around him and finished to make it 1-0 in the 21st minute.
Notts were two-up eight minutes before the break when Connor Clifford's corner evaded everyone and hit Colchester defender Clarke on its way in.
Nelson was the busier in the second half as he twice saved well from Mooney. County's Lee Hughes also came alive as he saw a clever a chip turned away, while Odejayi missed Colchester's best chance when he got free, but stabbed wide.