STEVE Lomas hailed his players' fighting spirit after Millwall twice came from behind to earn a point against high-flying QPR on Saturday.
Charlie Austin's 69th-minute goal looked to have settled matters at The Den, but Jermaine Easter snatched a point for the Lions deep into stoppage time.
Harry Redknapp's side had gone ahead in the first half through Niko Kranjcar's sweetly-struck strike – but only after Premier League referee Mike Dean waived away a blatant foul on Liam Trotter inside the area at the other end of the field.
Scott McDonald restored parity in the 51st minute before Easter produced Millwall's second equaliser of the afternoon to cancel out Austin's strike and make it 2-2.
Lomas said: "It was no more than we deserved given the quality QPR bring to the party. Conceding the goal after the penalty incident was our fault because we should have dealt with it better, but that being said, for me, it was a blatant penalty.
"Mike Dean is a good referee and can only give what he sees, but it was a blatant body check and would have been a foul in any other part of the pitch. I don't know why he didn't give it.
"But it was a great response from the players, considering it was like a double-whammy with the penalty decision and the goal. At half time we had to regroup and try to take the positives, because we had created chances against a very, very good team.
"You've got to expect, with QPR's quality, they are going to keep the ball and dominate possession. We came out at the start of the second half, got at them and pushed on.
"Liam did well to dispossess Richard Dunne and slide it to Scotty for a great finish, but you are wary with their quality that they can open you up, and they did that for the second goal.
"It was a great finish but that is why they paid something like £5million for Charlie Austin. They were hanging on a little bit but David Forde made a great save at 2-1 to keep us in the game, and then we went for it.
"We had four forwards on the pitch at the end and it was a great finish from Jermaine – to come off the bench, execute that finish and put the ball in the only place where it beats Robert Green was fantastic.
"I am delighted that the lads have responded after two hard-to-take results, but that level of performance is the bare minimum and the game is gone now. We've got to go again away at Reading next week.
"The fans today were absolutely fantastic. The challenge for the lads now is, when they don't have that 12th man away from home, to be able to dig in, hang in there and get results."