PAUL Robinson hopes Millwall's pulsating 3-1 win over Blackpool has helped relieve the pressure on manager Steve Lomas.
Lomas was jeered during the Lions' 5-1 defeat to Derby County last weekend, but his side produced the perfect response on Tuesday night as they swept away the Tangerines – much to the delight of a raucous Den crowd.
Club captain Robinson, who returned to the heart of the defence, said: "It was an important result for the manager.
"He's worked very hard since he has been here. I'm delighted for him. I'm sure he will enjoy and savour his first three points, because they have been a little while coming.
"There have been a lot of changes at the club recently. When you have the same manager for six years, it does take a little while and there's a period of transition.
"Hopefully we can build on this result and give the manager the opportunity to start putting his ideas in place. It takes time to settle into a new way of working, but on Tuesday we showed that we are getting there.
"It was a big win. I am delighted for everyone who put in a lot of hard work. It's taken us a little while to get that first win, so it's a lovely feeling.
"We knew we needed to get our season started sooner rather than later. We need to make The Den a tough place for opposition teams again, and hopefully this was a big step towards that."
Liam Trotter's penalty cancelled out Tom Ince's opener for the visitors, before second-half goals from Nicky Bailey and Steve Morison completed the turnaround.
Robinson added: "After the disappointment of going behind, I thought we stuck in the game really well. The lads deserved that bit of luck with the penalty – I think we've been due a decision – and scoring it really gave us a lift going into half time.
"Morison's goal was an excellent strike and Bailey showed great technique with his volley."