KENNY Jackett praised frontmen John Marquis and Benik Afobe after Millwall's victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Marquis and Afobe were paired together for the first time against Tony Mowbray's side and played vital roles as the Lions claimed a crucial 2-1 win in front of the television cameras.
George Friend's own goal and Martyn Woolford's first for the club put Millwall in command at half-time and while Curtis Main's strike gave Boro hope, they were unable to find an equaliser.
Three points on Teesside ended the Lions' five-match losing run and Jackett said: "It was a really big result. For Millwall to beat a club like Middlesbrough away is a great achievement after five defeats.
"We've had a good FA Cup run but have been disappointing in the Championship. Often when you lose five on the spin, the first thing you do is get a point to stop the rot – but we got all three.
"In the second-half we got into some great positions beyond their midfielders but we did not quite capitalise on those to go on and get a third goal.
"We came with two up front and I felt both Benik and John showed a lot of promise for the future. They had good games – we have two young players there who complement each other.
"I was pleased with them both. Hopefully they can take the club forward – if we can get our attacking options right, the rest of the side will follow."
Jackett made five changes to his starting line-up against Middlesbrough following the 5-1 midweek defeat to Peterborough and the Millwall boss felt a shake-up was needed.
Josh Wright, Danny Shittu, Alan Dunne, Martyn Woolford and Marquis came into the side, with the likes of Liam Trotter, Adam Smith and Andy Keogh dropping to the bench.
"We have had a bad run – I was disappointed on Tuesday night so we needed a fresh impetus and fresh players," Jackett said. "We needed balance to our side.
"You can see Shittu's influence is a big one – we have missed his voice and his organisation at the back. Josh sat in front of the back four and gave us the calmness in possession I was looking for."