Quickfire goals from Anthony Wordsworth and Freddie Sears helped Colchester return to winning ways against Bury.
Visiting goalkeeper Trevor Carson maintained parity with first-half saves from Craig Eastmond and Ian Henderson.
However, United took the lead when Wordsworth headed Jabo Ibehre's cross home, before Sears finished from 12 yards after more good work by Ibehre.
Ethan Ebanks-Landell hit the bar for Bury, but John Sullivan's clean-sheet remained intact.
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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:
"I thought it was well deserved, we were the better team.
"I felt that the group of players over the six weeks have done very well. In the team selection, I put my trust in them [despite three consecutive defeats], and they certainly came through.
"I thought in the first half we were patient, we moved the ball well and we had opportunities.
"In the second half, the patience paid off and we got two great goals. I'm really pleased."
Colchester United 13 Sullivan 03 Rose 04 Okuonghae 18 Eastman 20 Wilson 33 Eastmond Booked (J Thompson - 90' ) 15 Bean 22 Wordsworth Booked 11 Sears 12 Ibehre (Morrison - 76' ) 16 Henderson (Massey - 86' Booked ) Substitutes 01 Cousins 25 White 40 J Thompson 07 Duguid 14 Bond 09 Morrison 21 Massey Bury 01 Carson 03 Skarz 17 Hughes (Jones - 74' Booked ) 31 Doherty 34 Ebanks-Landell 07 Worrall Booked 08 Schumacher (Carrington - 88' ) 32 Thompson 35 Soares (Sweeney - 74' ) 28 Hopper 33 Poleon Substitutes 30 Belford 16 Sodje 06 Sweeney 09 Jones 13 Carrington 21 Jones 15 Elford-Alliyu
Ref: Stephen Martin