SCOTT McDonald felt his deflected winner against Charlton on Saturday was just rewards for his recent performances.
The Australian striker clinched three points for Millwall in the South London derby with his first goal for the club, which clipped defender Dorian Dervite on its way into the net.
And whilst McDonald may have wished to open his account with a cleaner strike, he was thrilled to have fired the Lions to their second league win in the space of four days.
"It feels good to score my first goal, and on such a big occasion as well," he said. "It took a little deflection but I have been working hard and I think I have been playing pretty well, so I deserved that bit of luck.
"Hopefully there are plenty more goals to come from me. I've not had many chances so far this year but the ones I have had I've been disappointed not to have notched.
"With the team winning games, you tend to get more chances and I am looking forward to next week against Leeds. There is a bit of history there. There will be a big crowd and I am looking forward to it already."
McDonald admitted back-to-back wins, first against Blackpool and then at The Valley, was the perfect tonic to the 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Derby County the previous Saturday.
He said: "It's funny how football works. It was important that after the disappointment of last week, we got our heads together and kept calm.
"We had a chat and knew what we had to do. We needed to show a reaction and we did that on Tuesday and bounced back. It was another solid performance against Charlton.
"I just think that at this club after a disappointment that there has been a reaction. We have to show everyone, especially the fans, that it does mean a lot to us.
"We've shown that now but we have to carry on. It's only the start of the season. It is two games and we're not going to get carried away. Next week will be a much bigger game."
Despite their slow start to the season, Millwall are now a point better off than they were at this stage last year – and McDonald has always been confident that results would turn.
"I was not too worried, but obviously disappointed," he said. "You have got to keep working hard or you do not get anywhere. We all have a hunger.
"Some of the experienced players have been here a long time and know what it takes to put on a Millwall shirt. They have tried to put that across to the new boys.
"But everything has stayed the same. Performances at times have been really good but we have not had the reward from it. We've not really created the chances to score us the goals and we've shot ourselves in the foot sometimes with the goals we've conceded.
"That has been the problem at the start of the season. And with the teams we have played, there was an expectancy with the squad we have that we'd go and beat these teams. That has not happened and everyone began to panic a little bit.
"But there are probably six or seven new players here and a new manager so it is going to take time to gel. It's hard for fans to be patient but we have to keep believing. I think it's showing that we're managing to turn the corner."