Southend boss Steve Tilson paid tribute to the resilience of his players after their play-off final win over Lincoln.
He said: "To get promotion wipes away those two losing LDV Vans finals and it's nice to score here - it's the first time in three visits.
"After not getting automatic promotion, to bounce back and win today was a great achievement and all credit to the players, who have been different class.
"It was a great result and we can really celebrate now."
He added: "I thought we deserved the win. It's down to the players, who have been tremendous for us this year.
"For the first 45 minutes we didn't get in the game, but we defended well and hung in there.
"But in the second half - and extra-time, we started opening them up and I thought we were worthy winners in the end."