Colchester manager John Ward saluted his great entertainers after they came from 2-0 down to beat Leyton Orient 3-2.
Former Southend striker Alex Revell put Orient two up with just 18 minutes gone but Matt Heath pulled one back, David Mooney levelled from the spot and Brian Wilson hit a superb free-kick for the winner 10 minutes from time as the Us held on to third spot.
"We've done fantastically well and that's down to the players," said Ward. "It's a great position for us to be in and we're providing some real entertainment.
"Things are going well for us at the moment and that's down to the team, both on and off the field. They are making the right decisions and all of the players are taking responsibility for their actions - they won't hold back.
"It was a very open game and we had time to regroup at half-time. We won't do everything right but we have a group of players who I can put a lot of trust in.
"It was a fantastic strike by Brian Wilson. We're yet to find a 20-goal-a-season man but the goals have been shared throughout the team."