Colchester assistant manager Mark Kinsella says Shrewsbury will be a tough test.
"It's an opportunity we've put ourselves in. It's a job that we can do ourselves rather than count on other results".
The threat of relegation became a big issue for the U's after they suffered a club record nine straight league defeats. But Kinsella believes the players are better for the experience.
– Mark Kinsella
They've proved that they can respond. When a new manager first comes in they normally get a run of games straight away which gives them a
We went through that run where we couldnt get a win but our performances weren't that bad. We got done a couple of times when we weren't good enough.
Other than that we'd played well but didn't have the luck.
"It shows the character in the lads. They've got good confidence in themselves within the group and as individuals.
But it's also down to the gaffer who's taken the heat off them and told them to concentrate on what they're doing."