Interim manager Jobi McAnuff admitted he was “buzzing” after getting off to a winning start at Leyton Orient with a 1-0 win against rock-bottom Grimsby.

Dan Happe settled the contest at Blundell Park as the O’s picked up three points for the first time since mid-January – just days after the departure of Ross Embleton who was sacked following Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Tranmere, which left them in 14th place and eight points adrift of the play-off places..

Chances were at a premium throughout the League Two clash, with Happe turning home in the 20th minute after replacing his injured team-mate Adam Thompson during the opening stages.

Orient midfielder Dan Kemp crashed efforts against the crossbar either side of half-time, while substitute Lenell John-Lewis came closest to forging a Grimsby response.

He sent a half-volley wide on the hour and followed it up by striking the base of the post, but the O’s ultimately saw the game out for their first victory in eight attempts.

McAnuff said: “It feels very good. It’s been a busy few days, in terms of getting the news that I was going to be manager and then getting ready for the game.

“There’s been a lot going on, but the boys have been absolutely first class, as the staff have as well helping out behind the scenes.

“I’m delighted to get off to a winning start.

“First and foremost, I said to the lads I was buzzing because it’s been a while since we had a win, so that’s the most important thing. But as we look to improve, I think we should be finishing that game off.

“We created some good chances, but that’s a positive. It was as dangerous as we’ve been for a while.

“I thought we looked a threat going forward and, equally, we were solid at the back. I’m generally very, very pleased.”