First the good news - the Daggers avoided another home defeat, kept a clean sheet and go into the draw for the second round of the FA Cup.
Now the not so good news - the performance against opposition from the Conference left a lot to be desired.
The recent run that has left them at the wrong end of the table has clearly affected them.
Confidence has been drained and, they lacked conviction and belief and rarely looked like scoring.
Southport were nothing special and were there for the taking. But the Daggers in their present mood could not take advantage and now have to travel North for a replay on Tuesday week.
They had plenty of the ball and doinated possession. Biut they failed to make it count where it mattered en most.
They found chances hard to come by and the best they had fell to Jamie Cureton
. His finish with the first one did not trouble Southport keeper David Rama-Martin, who fell on the ball for a comfortable save
Then Cureton topped his shot when George Porter
crossed from the right in a swift Daggers break.
had a 30-yard rocket tipped over and substitute Andre Boucaud
was just off target with another decent effort.
Southport offered little as an attacking threat. But it took a great block from Man of the Match Billy Bingham
to prevent them nicking a last minute winner.
He threw himself in front of a goalbound effort to keep the Daggers in the competition.
So they get another chance to make progress. But they will have to improve on this performance to finish the job and get their season back on track.
Dagenham & Redbridge
: Cousins, Batt, Partridge, Saah, Green, Porter (Murphy 46), Howell (Hemmings 75), Bingham, Ogogo (Boucaud 61), Chambers, Cureton.
: O’Brien, Doe, Doidge, Labadie.
: 1,172 (172 Southport supporters).