SHANE Lowry is loving life under Ian Holloway – and insists Millwall's win over Ipswich Town is just the start of their revival under the new manager.
Lowry was singled out for special praise by Holloway after helping the Lions grind out a 1-0 victory at The Den on Saturday.
And the Australian defender says the charismatic 50-year-old has made a big impact in the dressing room since his appointment.
"The manager has been absolutely brilliant," Lowry said. "He's been a breath of fresh air and makes you feel ten feet tall before you go out on the pitch.
"There's nothing better than getting a vote of confidence from your gaffer.
"Even if you make a mistake, you know he's going to back you as long as you give everything – blood, sweat and tears.
"I don't think it's appropriate for me to talk about previous managers, but there has been a really positive vibe since the new one came in.
"There has been a lot of work on organisation in training and his ideas have been put across to us, and we have all bought into it.
"He expects the highest standards and he's never satisfied with 100 percent.
"He is a great motivational speaker and we want to fight for him and prove that we deserve to be at this club. Confidence is a massive thing and he gives you bundles of it.
"But one win doesn't mean anything though, we need to kick on."
Lowry added: "It was definitely a Millwall performance on Saturday.
"We were on the front foot from the start. The fans deserve a special mention because they were right behind us from the first minute.
"We're delighted with the result but this is just the beginning for us and we need to continue our home form in particular."
Lowry and Danny Shittu were in formidable form at the heart of Millwall's defence against the Tractor Boys, winning almost every aerial challenge.
"Danny was immense," Lowry said. "He'll admit himself that he's been a bit off the boil this season and the same goes for myself as well.
"But he puts the fear of God into people and I'm glad I don't have to play against him.
"I tried to pick him when he was down with cramp – I thought I was going to need a forklift!
"Danny is a great lad and a good guy to have next to you. He's a good vice captain as well – obviously Paul Robinson is our club captain, but he fills that void very well.
"There is a lot of shouting and screaming going on! I laugh sometimes because when Danny goes up for a header, lads on both teams move out of his way.
"He was clearing everything. He has got massive experience, he has played in the Premier League and he's great to learn from."
Lowry is relieved to be playing as a centre half again after he was converted to a left back by former manager Kenny Jackett.
"I am delighted," he admitted. "I have said all along that my best performances for this club have been at centre back.
"When I first came to Millwall on loan from Aston Villa, I thought I did pretty well in that position to earn myself a contract here.
"I don't see myself as being an attacking left back and hopefully I am showing that I deserve to have a shot in my preferred position."
Lowry is one of ten players at the club whose contract expires in the summer.
"There's not much happening at the minute," he said.
"I am open-minded and will have to wait and see. I'm just glad to be playing football again and if I keep putting in good performances, hopefully things will take care of themselves.
"It is not something I'm going to think about because it brings bad vibes to my game. I can't concentrate fully when I'm worrying about my contract.
"I'll let my representatives deal with it."
In the short-term, Lowry has jetted off to Portugal with his teammates for a week of intense fitness training.
"It is going to be interesting – I have heard what the gaffer's said about it, so it's not going to be a jolly," he said.
"It is a great idea. As well as the fitness work, it binds the lads together. I do think we need it if we are going to play at a higher tempo.
"The gaffer wants to play a high tempo game and you cannot do that if you can't run around for 90 minutes.
"The fittest guy in the world can always get fitter so I'm looking forward to it. The gaffer has three sessions planned for every day, and I'm not going to question that.
"He's the boss and if he tells me to jump on a roof, I'll do it. Whatever he says goes."