Shrewsbury boss Matt Taylor praised his side for scoring three goals for the first time this season after a 3-2 win against Colchester in the first round of the FA Cup.
The U’s remained in contention throughout and made it a nervous watch at the end for the home fans after Zach Mitchell headed home in the 86th minute.
Jordan Shipley made a spectacular return to action for the Shrews, scoring a superb two-touch goal and assisting after two months out through injury.
Cameron McGeehan had opened the scoring for the visitors before Daniel Udoh levelled in the first half.
Shipley then put Shrewsbury in front before an own goal made it 3-1, with Mitchell getting one back late on.
Taylor said: “I felt we were for large periods of that game totally dominant. We conceded from their first attempt on goal.
“We started the game really well. What I liked is the players didn’t give in; they didn’t lose belief and kept going.
“We scored a really good goal to equalise. I spoke to the players at half-time, our decision-making in and around the opposition’s box I didn’t feel was at the level they can produce. So second half the challenge was to go out there and make better decisions.
“We did that, we should have scored more than the three. I think we had 17 shots but only hit the target six times, which when you look at it wasn’t probably good enough.
“The aim at the beginning of the day was to be in the hat for the next round of the cup, and ultimately we fulfilled that.
“I am pleased that we have scored three goals for the first time this season but disappointed in the second goal and the way we conceded it.”
U’s interim boss Matthew Etherington said: “It was pretty close in the end. I thought the boys rallied really well, albeit not starting the second half great.
“The changes that we made had an impact and we finished the stronger team, so overriding feeling is opportunity missed but I didn’t think there was a great deal in the game.
“The two goals we conceded in the second half were poor goals to concede, and it is kind of a common theme with this team at the minute. We have to stamp that out because we are scoring plenty at the same time.
“As I have said to the players, in terms of the energy, effort, and commitment, I can’t fault it; it’s outstanding, but we need to tidy up those areas.
“It was an unbelievable goal (Cameron McGeehan’s). The move leading up to that was a good move, and we know Cam has that quality. It was a great strike and finish.
“Overall, I thought we were competitive in the game against a League One side. I thought we were more than competitive and causing them problems.”