GOALKEEPER David Forde found solace in the performance of midfield debutant Nicky Bailey after Millwall's opening-day loss to Yeovil Town.
Steve Lomas' side began the 2013-14 season with an unexpected defeat at the hands of the newly-promoted Glovers but Forde remains confident the Lions can have a successful year.
Bailey, who is still working his way towards match fitness following his summer switch from Middlesbrough, immediately impressed after coming off the bench early in the second half.
And Forde believes the 29-year-old will play a starring role for Millwall this season.
Forde said: "I thought Nicky was fantastic – he put his foot on the ball and got us passing. He warmed to the fans by making three or four fantastic tackles and got the ball moving.
"He played some excellent diagonal balls and passes, and once he gets up to scratch fitness-wise he'll make a big difference. He can be a big player for us.
"The squad is certainly in a better position than it was last year with the additions we have made. The manager probably didn't field the side he wanted, but a few of the additions he has brought in weren't fully fit.
"It can be hard when there are new players coming in. A different manager probably means a different style of playing – sometimes these things take time.
"Once we get up and running, we'll be a good side. It [losing] might be a blessing in disguise because it was a kick up the backside. It's still early doors."
Millwall spurned a host of opportunies before Ed Upson's 88th-minute winner crept inside Forde's right-hand post, and the Lions stopper admitted the result "wasn't acceptable."
"There were bodies in front [of me] and I don't think he caught the ball particularly well, so he got very lucky," Forde said. "If you look at the number of chances created in the game, we were the better side.
"We put in more crosses and caused more problems but sometimes the Championship is cruel like that and you do not get your just deserts. We should have scored and we've left ourselves open at the back.
"We're all old enough and professional enough to know what we should have done. It wasn't acceptable to lose like that at home. In the first half we struggled to create any kind of fluid movement.
"Playing a team who have just come up is always difficult – Bournemouth beat Charlton as well – because their adrenaline is still high. It's disappointing but we'll get over it quickly."