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.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
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."
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Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.90:00 +3:47
Zac Thompson takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Tom Eastman.90:00 +3:28
Matt Doherty has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.90:00 +0:46 Substitution
Substitution Josh Thompson on for Craig Eastmond.90:00 +0:46 Booking
Booking David Worrall is shown a yellow card.90:00 +0:36
David Worrall challenges Michael Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Rose.89:32 Booking
Booking Craig Jones is cautioned.88:35
Unfair challenge on Craig Eastmond by Craig Jones results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Sullivan.88:18
Gavin Massey has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.87:40
Foul by Craig Jones on Tom Eastman, free kick awarded. John Sullivan takes the direct free kick.87:14 Substitution
Substitution Mark Carrington joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Schumacher.86:19 Booking
Booking The referee books Gavin Massey for unsporting behaviour.85:17 Substitution
Substitution Gavin Massey is brought on as a substitute for Ian Henderson.85:03
Effort on goal by Clinton Morrison from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.82:22
Zac Thompson fouled by Craig Eastmond, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Schumacher.81:03 Booking
Booking Anthony Wordsworth booked for unsporting behaviour.80:53
Anthony Wordsworth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dominic Poleon. Joe Skarz takes the direct free kick.79:54
Foul by Clinton Morrison on Ethan Ebanks-Landell, free kick awarded. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.78:54
Craig Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Eastmond. John Sullivan takes the direct free kick.78:44
Magnus Okuonghae concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Schumacher. Steven Schumacher takes the free kick.
Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Clinton Morrison coming on for Jabo Ibehre.74:43
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Schumacher.74:16
Jabo Ibehre is ruled offside. Trevor Carson restarts play with the free kick.73:07 Substitution
Substitution Craig Jones comes on in place of Mark Hughes.73:07 Substitution
Substitution Tom Soares goes off and Peter Sweeney comes on.70:56
Steven Schumacher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Eastmond. Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.69:03
Short corner taken by Steven Schumacher.64:44
Steven Schumacher concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Rose. Free kick taken by Michael Rose.64:02
Free kick taken by Steven Schumacher.64:02 Booking
Booking Craig Eastmond booked.63:51
Foul by Craig Eastmond on Zac Thompson, free kick awarded.63:02
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher from the right by-line, save made by John Sullivan.62:34
Jabo Ibehre challenges Trevor Carson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.61:10
Dominic Poleon takes a shot. Save made by John Sullivan.60:03
Assist by Ian Henderson.60:03 Goal scored
Goal! - Freddie Sears - Colchester 2 - 0 Bury Freddie Sears finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 2-0 Bury.55:57
Assist by Jabo Ibehre.55:57 Goal scored
Goal! - Anthony Wordsworth - Colchester 1 - 0 Bury Anthony Wordsworth grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Colchester 1-0 Bury.55:05
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher from the right by-line, clearance by Magnus Okuonghae.54:24
Jabo Ibehre is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Trevor Carson.53:24
Unfair challenge on Craig Eastmond by Steven Schumacher results in a free kick. Brian Wilson takes the free kick.51:31
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Wilson by Dominic Poleon. Direct free kick taken by Brian Wilson.50:30
Corner from the right by-line taken by Anthony Wordsworth, Matt Doherty manages to make a clearance.49:26
Foul by Craig Eastmond on Tom Hopper, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Steven Schumacher from the free kick.45:40
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Schumacher from the left by-line, Ethan Ebanks-Landell takes a shot. Save by John Sullivan.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +1:05 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +0:39
Effort from inside the area by Tom Hopper misses to the right of the target.43:35
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Rose by David Worrall. John Sullivan takes the direct free kick.43:06
Unfair challenge on Ethan Ebanks-Landell by Jabo Ibehre results in a free kick. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.40:02
Zac Thompson takes a shot. Save made by John Sullivan.37:38
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Schumacher, Jabo Ibehre manages to make a clearance.37:24
Dominic Poleon takes a shot. Save by John Sullivan.34:50
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Skarz on Craig Eastmond. Magnus Okuonghae takes the direct free kick.34:22
Ethan Ebanks-Landell fouled by Jabo Ibehre, the ref awards a free kick. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.34:03
Zac Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Bean. Magnus Okuonghae takes the direct free kick.33:41
Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save made by Trevor Carson.29:42
Matt Doherty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Freddie Sears. Michael Rose produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Steven Schumacher.29:19
Craig Eastmond takes a shot. Save made by Trevor Carson.28:47
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth from the right by-line, Trevor Carson makes a save.28:29
Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Trevor Carson.27:02
Ian Henderson challenges Joe Skarz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.20:11
Effort from outside the penalty box by David Worrall goes wide right of the target.19:26
Steven Schumacher takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Jabo Ibehre.18:33
The offside flag is raised against Dominic Poleon. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.17:19
Headed effort from inside the area by Tom Eastman misses to the right of the target.16:49
Ethan Ebanks-Landell challenges Freddie Sears unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Rose takes the direct free kick.15:52
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Soares on Craig Eastmond. Anthony Wordsworth takes the direct free kick.13:46
Ian Henderson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Doherty.10:18
Ian Henderson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.7:48
David Worrall fouled by Michael Rose, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Schumacher restarts play with the free kick.5:34
Joe Skarz challenges Ian Henderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.4:14
Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Trevor Carson makes a save.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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