JOE Gallen admitted he was hugely relieved after Millwall won their first league game at The Den since New Year's Day against Watford on Tuesday night.
Shaun Batt bundled in the winner seven minutes from time to edge the Lions four points clear of the relegation zone with two games in hand on many of the teams around them.
And assistant manager Gallen admitted victory over the Hornets had been crucial, given that Wolves and Blackburn picked up maximum points on a busy evening of Championship action.
"It's a huge relief, that's the first thing," he said. "With the way other results have gone again, had we not got three points, I wouldn't be sitting here in such a jovial manner.
"We didn't have many chances – they did – and our 'keeper did well. Andy Keogh had a chance in the first-half but the real clear-cut one fell to Shaun, and I'm very pleased that we managed to score.
"The games are building up a little bit and fatigue can set in physically but more so emotionally after an FA Cup semi-final, so we looked lacklustre in the first-half.
"But we seemed to galvanise in the second-half and have more energy as the game went on. The fans seized on that and fuelled it really with some noise. That was a key factor in our win."
Batt was recently recalled from a loan spell at Leyton Orient and Gallen thinks the striker has hugely benefited from his time at Brisbane Road.
"Shaun went out to improve his fitness and, through that, boost his confidence," Gallen said. "Even when he came on in a previous game, you could see that he had improved.
"He does have that impact as sub. As soon as he came on, he put in a really clever cross within the first ten seconds. He's got power and pace. The ball dropped to him tonight in a good position."
Gallen insisted it had been easy to ignore recent negative media coverage of the club during the last 72 hours: "We've got so many games and we're in a relegation battle," he said.
"We're trying to get enough points to keep the club up and, personally speaking, to make sure I still have a job. If we get relegated, I don't think that's going to be the case next season!"
But the Millwall assistant believes it will take one more victory to secure Championship survival. He said: "I thought a few weeks ago that 57 or 58 points would be enough – I still don't know.
"What I do know is that we have two six-pointers coming up against Huddersfield and Blackburn. I suppose a win on Saturday, I would have thought, takes us away from Huddersfield onto 58."