KENNY Jackett says Millwall have "drawn a line" under their 5-1 loss to Peterborough but has demanded a "big response" from his players against Middlesbrough.
Jackett admits the Lions have done some soul-searching in the wake of their midweek-thrashing at the hands of Darren Ferguson's side as they prepare to head to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
But he says it is crucial Millwall do not get bogged down in the negativity surrounding their defeat to Posh and put that result to the back of their minds as quickly as possible.
"We need a big response from all of us," Jackett told NewsAtDen. "It's about picking the players up – to some degree there's frustration and with other players it's to do with confidence.
"There is a thin dividing line between telling the players a few home truths in order to get the best out of them and knocking their confidence. It is very easy to be constantly critical of them.
"Somewhere along the line you have to assess things and tell the truth, but very quickly you have to draw a line in the sand and move on, otherwise one performance can run onto another.
"We talked about the Peterborough game a lot and I thought our defensive awareness was poor – we were dominated by George Boyd in our right-back area in both halves.
"Although there were spells in the first-half where, had certain chances gone in, we looked like we could go on to win the game, Peterborough picked us off on the counter-attack very well.
"They had goals in them and looked like scoring every time they went forward. I think their first four shots were all goals – their finishing was clinical and of a high quality. We looked very open.
"The more we started chasing the game, the more we looked open at the back. That culminated in a poor performance, a poor result and one we want to put right.
"We have to draw a line under Tuesday and look towards the Middlesbrough game – thankfully that comes around for us very quickly. That's what we have done – we are looking ahead positively.
"It is good that this is a big game against a big club that is live on the television – it is an opportunity for us to rediscover our league form, which has been poor while our FA Cup form has been good.
"The two have run almost in parallel to each other and to some degree that is frustrating, but it is what it is. The sooner we get ourselves out of it the better.
"The only thing we can do about it is put on a good performance and win against Middlesbrough on Saturday. That's what we are looking to do."