FULL-TIME: Leyton Orient 1 Scunthorpe United 3
SCUNTHORPE United ended a run of three straight defeats as they claimed their first win in four with a well-earned 3-1 result at Leyton Orient.
After a quiet opening 45 minutes the game sparked into life in the second half, United bagging two goals in eight minutes through Christian Ribeiro and Karl Hawley.
Kevin Lisbie pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty spot, but Damien Mozika made sure of three much-needed points for the Iron.
Manager Brian Laws made two changes as his side looked to bounce back from last week's home defeat to Bournemouth.
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Skipper Paul Reid returned from suspension, replacing Mark McChrystal to partner Niall Canavan in the centre of defence, while Mike Grella dropped to the bench as Michael Collins was brought in to play a holding midfield role.
The Iron certainly looked a more solid unit in a first half in which they dominated possession but which saw very few chances for either side.
It was a quiet opening 45 minutes for keepers Ryan Allsop and Steve Mildenhall with neither really having a save to make.
Karl Hawley was generally left to plough a lone furrow up front and though his team-mates retained the ball well, they were unable to work it to their advantage.
Crosses from Mark Duffy on the right largely went begging in a game which struggled to get going.
Orient, for their part, barely troubled the Scunthorpe back line, Reid and Canavan keeping their hosts contained.
It took until the 34th minute for United to fashion the first chance of the half. Jimmy Ryan's long-range shot was well-struck from the centre of the park but floated just over the bar.
The only other effort of note came just before the half-time whistle, again with the visitors on the end of it.
A superb probing run from Andy Barcham saw him feed Duffy on the right, but the Liverpudlian fired straight at Allsop.
It came shortly after the hosts had worked their best opening. With the Iron failing to fully clear a free-kick, Lee Cook picked up possession on the edge of the box and drifted inside, but his shot from a few yards out was woeful as he fired wide of the post.
Orient picked up the pace after the break and quickly started to put their opponents under pressure.
A great effort from Dean Cox just outside the area missed the woodwork by a couple of inches, while Moses Odubajo fired wide from inside the penalty box after cutting inside from the right.
For all the home side's renewed vigour though, it was Scunthorpe who broke the deadlock with a little over an hour gone.
A fine pass from Duffy played in Ribeiro, who slotted the ball across the keeper from an angle and into the back of the net.
Eight minutes later and it got even better for Laws' men.
Duffy once more, was at the heart of the move, playing in Hawley from a free-kick and from a similar position to the opener the front man made it 2-0.
Duffy then tried to get in on the act himself with a set-piece which flew over and Barcham went even closer, seeming to graze the bar as he met Damien Mozika's cross first time.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, the hosts gave themselves a lifeline.
Ribeiro was penalised for a handball as he went to block Cox's shot and referee Darren Deadman immediately pointed to the spot.
Lisbie made no mistake with the penalty, Mildenhall diving the wrong way as the striker made it 2-1.
No sooner had Orient been given a glimmer of hope though and United restored their two-goal cushion.
A cross from Tom Newey was headed on by Barcham to the waiting Mozika, who did well to finish from a few yards out.
Reid and Canavan combined to shut David Mooney out in added time but there was no taking away from a morale-boosting result for United.
ORIENT: Allsop; Odubajo, Chorley, Baudry, Sawyer; Cox, Rowlands (A Smith 79), James, Cook (McSweeney 71); Mooney, Lisbie (Brunt 90). Subs not used: Jones, Cuthbert, Griffith, J Smith.
SCUNTHORPE: Mildenhall; Ribeiro, Reid, Canavan, Newey; Collins; Duffy, Mozika, Ryan (Djeziri 87), Barcham; Hawley. Subs not used: Slocombe, Kennedy, Grella, Gibbons, Godden, McChrystal.
ATTENDANCE: 4,982 (341 away).