KENNY Jackett says Millwall must "get the job done" against Crystal Palace on Tuesday – or face going into the final day of the season needing a result to stay up.
The Lions have blown a series of chances in recent weeks to confirm their Championship status for next year and will be in serious danger of relegation if they do not beat the Eagles at The Den.
Victory would move Jackett's side onto 58 points, out of reach of Peterborough and Barnsley below them in the table, and render Saturday's trip to Derby County meaningless.
Jackett told NewsAtDen: "If we go into the last day needing something we will do what's needed, but it's very, very important that we do get the job done on Tuesday.
"Palace are not on a great run but with two games left they're in a play-off place, which constitutes a good season. The way they've handled the Wilfried Zaha situation has been excellent really.
"To be able to sell him and then keep him for the rest of the season and potentially finish off what is a crucial opportunity for them was a fantastic bit of business.
"He has obviously got a lot going for him as does Glenn Murray, who is another key player for them. Is it a good time to be playing them? Well, first off we need to play better ourselves.
"Our own performance, as much as analysing the opposition, is of paramount importance. I won't disregard the other side's strengths but at this level everyone has their strengths.
"We have to focus on ourselves. I don't think there will be many changes from the Forest game – we have Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry back from suspension but otherwise it'll be the same group."
Whilst Jackett says he has been conscious of securing safety throughout the season, he concedes it has come as a surprise that the Lions are not already safe with 55 points.
"I could see, with the build up of games and, to a degree, a focus on the FA Cup, a tough end to the season for us," he said. "But like buy lexapro cheap online many, I couldn't see the points total to stay up being so high.
"We've been thinking about staying up all season – you would be foolish not to look at the table and see how many points you need. Even when we were fifth, 50 points was one of our targets.
"It is what it is and we have a big week ahead of us. The good thing from our point of view is that we have two games and the opportunity to do something about it. We're not relying on other people.
"At some stage, many sides in this division go on long runs when they are not able to win games – look at Middlesbrough. Teams can go game after game after game losing by the odd goal.
"It's a very thin dividing line between our position at the moment, where if things don't go for us we could be in trouble in terms of relegation, and being around the play-offs with a few more wins.
"It's a very close division. But the main thing for us is focusing on ourselves and this London derby – it's a key game for both clubs and it will be a great occasion."
Millwall have lost 11 league matches at home this season and the atmosphere at The Den has been understandably subdued – and Jackett says it is down to his players to change that.
He said: "People have asked me about the crowd and it has been flat in the last few games but that is our responsibility. It's not the crowd leading the players, it's the players leading the crowd.
"It's been flat because of our performances. We have to lift the atmosphere. Naturally there will be a bit more noise for a London derby which will help us, there's no doubt about that.
"In terms of our football and our combinations of play, they have to be a lot better. Against Forest, if we think that we can hit long, high balls at Collins and Ward, with Guedioura in front, it'll be tough.
"There has to be variation. In this division, people have 6ft 4in centre-backs and they'll eat it up."