Dennis Wise made a winning start as Leeds manager as they laboured to a victory over Southend at Elland Road.
Gary Hooper and Luke Guttridge went close for Southend before on-loan Adam Johnson crossed for Ian Moore to thump the ball home from 14 yards out.
Freddy Eastwood had one effort blocked and sent another wide as the visitors pressed, before Graham Stack pulled off a fine save to deny the striker.
Leeds wrapped it up when Robbie Blake curled home a fine 20-yard free-kick.
Leeds boss Dennis Wise:
"I was more pleased about the clean sheet than anything because we've been leaking goals in the last few weeks and there were some tired legs.
"The whole team needs a lot of work but we are taking it a bit at a time.
"They were two lovely goals and I was chuffed to bits with the way we performed and defended, that is the system that we want them to follow."
Southend manager Steve Tilson:
"We should not have lost today. We performed well, especially in the second half when we were camped in their half for 40 of the 45 minutes.
"We must have had eight or nine corners in the second half and the performance deserved more than we got.
"You would have thought they were the away side considering the number of bodies they got behind the ball."
Leeds: Stack, Kelly, Butler, Kilgallon, Lewis, Moore (Richardson 61), Douglas, Derry, Johnson (Westlake 87), Healy (Blake 80), Cresswell.
Subs Not Used: Warner, Foxe.
Booked: Lewis, Douglas, Stack.
Goals: Moore 40, Blake 88.
Southend: Flahavan, Hunt, Sodje, Barrett, Hammell, Guttridge (Campbell-Ryce 78), Maher, Clarke, Gower, Hooper (Harrold 72), Eastwood.
Subs Not Used: Collis, Prior, Moussa.
Ref: C Foy (Merseyside).