IAN Holloway admitted he was "made up" with Millwall's battling performance in their 1-0 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday.
Holloway's first home game in charge of the Lions ended in a well-deserved victory thanks to a debut goal from Tottenham loanee Ryan Fredericks.
He said: "I'm made up. The lads deserved it. We took on a fantastic bloke in Mick McCarthy, whose performed almost a miracle in the last year, and I think he'll be disappointed.
"We were up for the fight and ready for it. My question is where has that been in the past? It was a fluke goal, I don't think Ryan meant to do that – it was a cross.
"I'm just delighted we held on. We could have scored a couple more but I'm very pleased for the lads because they gave me what I asked for. For me that's the bare minimum.
"It's nice to get something you've earned."
Fredericks scored the winner just 24 hours after arriving from Spurs.
"Ryan only trained with us for an hour and a half yesterday and I have been particularly pleased with the reaction of the other players to him," Holloway said
"He's replaced a couple of senior pros who I don't think are quite fit enough and haven't been coached to go forward, so I've brought in someone who can do that.
"I had to change both full backs and the players respected and accepted every decision I made today."
Holloway also praised centre backs Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry for their performances – and was delighted with the reception he received from the fans.
"That is how I remember Danny," said Holloway. "I got him believing in himself when he was a few years younger. I thought Shane Lowry alongside him was absolutely immense.
"They were all closing down and pressing – it looked like they were together as a team. Let's hope that continues.
"I loved the crowd – I thought they were brilliant. I love everything about this place, it feels like I've come home. I feel I'm with people who understand me.
"I'm not so sure how many people actually like me but I don't really care – and that rings true around here."