STEVE Lomas praised Millwall's resilience after his side dug deep to hold on to a hard-fought win over Wigan at The Den.
The Lions withstood immense pressure from the visitors after James McArthur's 84th-minute strike made the score 2-1 and gave the Latics a hope of snatching a point.
But David Forde made a stunning injury-time save to claw Leon Barnett's header off the line as Jermaine Easter's third goal of the season proved to be the winner.
"It was a great save from Fordey," Lomas said. "Martin O'Neill was in the stands and Fordey is a big show off! He made a couple of good ones in the first half. We know what he's all about – he's a big player.
"We like to make things hard for ourselves. When we went 2-0 up I thought the game had been put to bed, but they get a chance straight away and score. After that it's only going to be one thing – the Alamo.
"We rode our luck at the end but it was always going to be a backs-to-the-wall job after they got one back. They put it in the box and tested us, but Fordey came up with a big save and there were some good blocks, tackles and clearances.
"You just hope that you can withstand the pressure and we did."
Steve Morison, who also scored against Nottingham Forest in midweek, gave the Lions a dream start when he fired in the opening goal in just the second minute.
"After a good performance on Tuesday we didn't want to fall flat – we wanted to put in the same level of performance and hope that would carry us to a victory," Lomas said.
"We started off very well and it was great to score from a set play as well. We had one come off the post and Liam Feeney was unlucky with another drive, so we were certainly well in the game.
"I thought it was unjust that we didn't win against Forest and it would have been equally unjust had we not got the three points today.
"That's seven unbeaten at home. We looked at the stats from last season and our away form was much better, so it's been a bit of a role reversal. It's a challenge for us to improve on the road."
Lomas hailed the attitude of goalscorer Easter, who has been left on the bench in recent weeks.
"Jermaine has been slightly unfortunate – as have a few others," Lomas said. "He's a model professional and even when he's left out of the team, he just gets on with it.
"We've got Waghorn going back after the Blackburn game so we'll be down to four strikers and everyone will have a part to play."
Lomas dedicated Millwall's win to video analyst Dan McLoone, whose father Con sadly passed away last week.
"It has been a tough week for him," he said. "Dan lost his father on Friday night. He is a top man and we felt we had to beat Wigan for him."