MILLWALL boss Kenny Jackett has demanded a big response from his players to their midweek loss to Blackburn Rovers when they face Nottingham Forest at The Den.
The Lions need a win to secure their Championship status but that will be no easy feat against Billy Davies' play-off chasers, whose need for three points is just as urgent.
Jackett told NewsAtDen: "It's a game we're really looking forward to. Forest have sold their full ticket allocation so that will make it a great atmosphere down at The Den.
"They probably feel they have not had the results their performances have deserved of late. Whilst they are still in there, they'll be looking to address that.
"I watched their draw with Barnsley and they had the lion's share of the game and had numerous chances which they didn't convert. They'll come here determined to win.
"They have got a capable squad with the likes of Simon Cox, Billy Sharp and Dexter Blackstock. From our point of view, we're looking for some freshness in the middle of playing 11 games in 37 days.
"This is an intense period for us so we need as much energy as possible – particularly as it looks like it's going to be a warm day on Saturday.
"We have the players to do it. Even looking at the Blackburn game, to expect us to dominate sides is pretty tough but we are capable of getting results.
"That's how I feel about the Forest game and the Crystal Palace one after that. We have to raise our game on Saturday – we've done it many times before and we have to do it again.
"We shouldn't be worried or frightened about a game of football. We have three games left and in ten days the season will be over.
"I do think it will be a very important summer for the club in terms of us going forward. The coming and going of players is going to be vital."
Earlier in the week, chairman John Berylson issued a rallying cry to the club's fans calling on them to get behind Jackett after the atmosphere turned sour at The Den on Tuesday.
But Jackett said: "I think they are with us. They want the team to do well. Any set of supporters react off what they see and if they're not happy, they let you know. That is their right.
"I have no problem with their opinions. As a manager and as players, if it's not favourable during a period of a game or a period of games, you have to put in a good performance very quickly.
"The nature of fans is that they are with you again after that. They won't hold a grudge if you go and perform. It only takes a good tackle, some crosses or shots to lift the crowd."
Safety could be guaranteed by virtue of other results come 5pm on Saturday afternoon, but Jackett is determined to ensure Millwall finish the job themselves.
He said: "I haven't really concentrated too much on other fixtures because it is not an easy division to predict. There's not many givens in terms of results.
"Cardiff have been better than the rest – to a degree you can then look at Hull City and Watford too. But trying to predict other results, particularly since Christmas, is pretty tough.
"Us getting our games right is my focus. It's in our own hands. Two of our three games are at home, where we haven't been particularly successful, so I want to finish the season on a high."