KENNY Jackett praised Millwall's "energy and commitment" despite their 1-0 defeat to Hull City at The Den on Saturday.
David Meyler's first-minute goal consigned the Lions to a third straight league defeat but Jackett felt his side's performance had been an improvement on recent weeks.
"I felt we put a lot of pressure on a very good Hull team and we were unlucky to lose today," he said. "They have a lot of quality in their side and performance-wise I felt we did well.
"There were a lot of knock-downs that we did not get on the end of but we haven't put that number of crosses into the box or produced that energy in a number of weeks.
"There was a lot for us to base things on going forward, barring the finishing. We have to make sure we play with that level of commitment and energy all the time.
"I haven't seen the table but I'm told results have been quite kind to us, so it's very tight. There are sixteen games left and if we can put pressure on sides like we did against Hull, we'll be a handful."
Jackett refused to criticise Mark Beevers after the centre-back's error lead to the Tigers' winning goal and the Millwall boss also had sympathy for James Henry, who skied a golden chance to equalise.
"James has gone through and the ball has sat up off the turf," Jackett said. "He has put it wide but there was nothing he could do. It bounced above his knee. That summed us up today."
"Mark has made a mistake but he's been excellent during his time here and I thought he was very steady and didn't go to pieces after the goal.
"He apologised to the team but it's one mistake and he has to put that behind him and move on."