ALAN Dunne was delighted to keep his cool in front of goal – and then keep his head during his celebration – as Millwall edged past ten-man Leicester City on Friday night.
Dunne killed off the Foxes' resistance in the 87th minute with his first league goal since 2010 before wheeling away towards the 400 visiting fans with his shirt half-removed.
But the 30-year-old had already been booked and remembered just in time that he risked a second yellow card if referee Stuart Attwell decided to punish any over-exuberance.
Dunne told NewsAtDen: "I was about to do a Danny Shittu but I had to be careful because I was on a yellow card – and I'm not as ripped as him! So I had two reasons not to take my shirt off.
"It's been a while coming but I've scored 22 goals for the club so I've always had an eye for goal. I'd had a good week in training – I scored a hat-trick in one session.
"I was delighted to get the goal, really glad with the clean sheet and to get the win was massive. On a personal level, to come to Leicester and score the winner is a huge thing for me."
The match was petering out into a bore draw until Dunne struck – and the right-back admitted the Lions could have made more of their man advantage after Wes Morgan's red card.
"We ran out of ideas at one point so it was difficult," he said. "We kept knocking on the door but we couldn't break them down. It was going to take something like a defender to step up and score.
"We dominated the first-half but in the second-half we kept making wrong choices and struggled to keep the ball. We still created chances but we didn't have a cutting edge."
Millwall have lost just twice in seven games since Dunne returned to the side in mid-February and victory at the King Power Stadium saw Kenny Jackett's side reach the crucial 50-point mark.
But the long-serving defender says the Lions cannot simply be satisfied with Championship safety and must continue to battle on both fronts, with a Wembley semi-final against Wigan coming up.
"Personally I'm not looking at safety," he said. "I want us to try to win our next ten games and get to the FA Cup final – then safety will take care of itself.
"I don't want to get to safety and then sit on it as if our season is done. I want us to kick on and try to win as many games as possible – we are capable of winning them all.
"Since I've come into the side we've kept four clean sheets and I think we've won most of the games I've played in this season. Of course it's a team game but I think my experience has helped."