STEVE Lomas admitted luck was on Millwall's side after the Lions beat Barnsley at The Den courtesy of a fortuitous own goal.
Scott Wiseman nodded a deflected Liam Feeney cross beyond his own goalkeeper to settle a scrappy encounter between two sides at the wrong end of the table.
But Lomas felt what his team lacked in quality they made up for in endeavour.
He said: "It is nice to win ugly. We've probably played better and lost this season. We hoped that we'd get an early goal and get on the front foot, but that didn't happen.
"We had to dig in there and scrap and fight. I thought the crowd were superb – they stuck with us even though it was a bit of a fragmented game. They were excellent.
"When you are not playing at your best, you've got to hang in there, work to get that clean sheet and hopefully something will fall for you.
"We thought we had missed our chance when the 'keeper made a great save from Steve Morison so we didn't think it was going to be our day.
"We got a bit of luck with the own goal but I thought we deserved it. It was important to keep a clean sheet. Barnsley had been on a decent little run of form so we're delighted.
"It was all about the result today."
Millwall lost Liam Trotter and Jimmy Abdou to injuries in the week but Lomas hailed the display of fellow midfielder Nicky Bailey, who battled tireless throughout.
"Nicky was immense today," Lomas said. "He's really, truly getting fit and it showed because his energy levels were superb. His closing down and work rate to nullify Barnsley was vital.
"The only downside was that Nicky got booked and is banned now.
"Liam tweaked a groin and Jimmy had a little bang on his knee, just an impact one, and we are hoping he'll be back maybe Tuesday or Wednesday next week."
Victory over the Tykes came at the end of a week which had begun with national newspaper reports of unrest in the Lions' dressing room.
"It was poor journalism to put that in the paper and not phone somebody up beforehand for a quote," Lomas said. "To attribute something to an insider normally means someone has a vendetta.
"At every club there are unhappy players because they are not playing. It won't be any different in 100 years. But our players have responded in the right way and shown there's a good unity about them.
"The fans stuck with us because of the lads' work rate and commitment."