MIDFIELDER Richard Chaplow felt Millwall's 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday was a big step in the right direction for Steve Lomas' side.
The Lions fought back from 2-1 down to grind out their first point of the Championship season courtesy of Andy Keogh's late penalty at Hillsborough on Saturday.
And whilst Chaplow admits Millwall are still very much a work in progress, he hopes the standard of their performance against the Owls offered a taste of what is still to come.
He said: "I think we showed that if we keep our shape and our focus, we can control games and create chances. We played some decent football so the signs are positive.
"In the second half we changed our shape and got control of the game again – they were worried by that because they changed their formation to combat us.
"I thought we played a lot better, we got on the ball and kept plugging away. We showed a lot of strength in our character to keep going in the last ten minutes.
"We've been creating chances in the last three games so we knew the goals were coming, but unfortunately we have given away two sloppy goals again. We are shooting ourselves in the foot a little bit.
"If we don't cut that out, we're not going to get very far in terms of winning games. We are pleased to have scored two goals, but we let in two bad goals at the other end.
"I was pretty positive that we'd come back. We started the game very well but went through a tough 20 minute spell when they got on top, but that was through our own doing."
Chaplow was at the centre of the major talking point – referee Stuart Attwell's decision, on the advice of his linesman, to award the Lions a penalty after Jeremy Helan's challenge.
"I got in front of the guy and just waited for contact," Chaplow said. "He came steaming into the back of me like I thought he would do. From my point of view, there was definite contact and it was a definite penalty."
Chaplow believes it will take time for Millwall to find their feet but is confident that performances – and results – will only get better after a disappointing start to the campaign.
He said: "The gaffer's brought in six or seven quality players – lads that know the league and have played a lot of games. It's an old cliche but it takes time to gel.
"Sheffield Wednesday haven't won a game yet either – and there are other teams who have a similar record to us. We've got time on our side and there are a lot of games to go.
"The gaffer knew that he needed to get points on the board early doors and unfortunately that hasn't happened for us yet, but we need the fans to give him time.
"He's very calm in the changing room. We haven't seen him snap yet – but I'm sure he's got one in him if we keep losing. He's been very positive so far."
Lions players were put in the usual position of having to wear Wednesday's old away kit for the first half after a mix up, before changing into their orange third strip at the interval.
Chaplow said: "We got told at about 12.30pm that the kit hadn't made its way up but the lads took it in their stride. The kitman was devastated – he's Millwall through and through.
"15 minutes for half time can be too long anyway – there's only so much talking you need to do. Maybe we should have a change of kit every week!"