SCOTT Malone believes it is too early in the season for Millwall to be worrying about being sucked into a relegation battle.
The Lions are sitting just three points above the Championship drop zone following their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest at The Den on Tuesday night.
But the left back insists it would be premature to sound the alarm after 18 games.
"It is going to be a long slog until the end of the season," he said. "We have got one eye over our shoulders but we're six unbeaten at home with another game coming up against Wigan.
"If we win that, we get ourselves out of it, so we are taking it game-by-game at the minute.
"If you lose one you're sucked into it and if you win one you shoot five places up the league, so I don't think you can look at it too closely. The margins are very fine."
Millwall were denied a second successive home win by Nathaniel Chalobah's header.
"It was a good point after what happened against Leicester," Malone added. "We put Steve Morison up front with Martyn Waghorn off him and I think it was quite effective.
"I think that is the way we are going to go now – it is more effective and we create more chances than when we try to play out from the back. We were unlucky not to win.
"We started on the front foot. I was surprised at how they played – you look at Forest and expect to see a good footballing team because their front six are top players.
"It was a bit of a shock that they went as direct as us, and we did it more effectively.
"Their equaliser was frustrating because we work all week on where people are at set pieces. I think it was Jimmy Abdou's man but mistakes happens – I made one against Leicester.
"We had to work hard for our two goals so to gift them one from a corner was cheap."