DAVID Forde hopes the clean sheet Millwall kept against Barnsley last Saturday will prove to be the first of many over the coming months.
Forde made two excellent saves to keep out close-range efforts from Jacob Mellis and Scott Wiseman and help the Lions record their first shutout in seven league games.
At the other end, Wiseman headed in a 77th-minute own goal to settle a scrappy affair.
"I had a bit to do," Forde said. "I was happy with the save from Mellis when he was one-on-one – I managed to spread myself and make an important stop just before the break.
"It was just fantastic to get another clean sheet again. I am delighted with that. It was a difficult game where both sides were trying to find their rhythm but never really got going.
"Myself and the back four pride ourselves on keeping clean sheets and we haven't had enough of them. We have kind of gone the other side of the pole where we've been more expansive attacking-wise but leaving ourselves a bit open.
"Mark Beevers coming back gives us a bit of balance to the left-hand side. Sometimes he doesn't get the credit he deserves but I thought he was excellent on Saturday.
"We have played very well this season and got nothing for it, so it is nice to win ugly for a change. It was important to open up a gap between ourselves and Barnsley, especially as in previous years they've been a bogey side for us."
Forde believes Millwall now need to strike a balance between http://vhealthportal.com/product-category/skincare/ defence and attack.
"We got criticised last season for not being attractive enough," he added. "The manager has come in, given us his ideas and we've tried to play a bit more.
"We've been involved in some entertaining games but that's been to our own detriment. The lads have worked hard over the past couple of weeks and the priority was to keep a clean sheet first and foremost.
"Since I've been at Millwall, whenever we have done well it has been based on a lot of clean sheets, so we're hoping we can go on a run of them."
Having been strongly linked with a move to Celtic in the week leading up to the Tykes game, Forde was given a warm reception by the crowd before kick off.
And he insists the uncertainty surrounding his future will not become a distraction.
He said: "It was massive for me to get that kind of reception before the game. I have a lot of respect for the fans and I think it's a mutual thing.
"I spoke to the club about my contract a couple of weeks ago and I'm just waiting for them to get back to me. Hopefully we can get something sorted.
"When you're playing well you're always going to attract interest, aren't you? I'm playing well at the moment for club and country so I'm just happy with my form. I'm concentrating on each game and I'm not looking beyond Leicester next weekend.
"It's part of the game. I suppose it's a bit different when you're more experienced, you can deal with speculation a lot easier."