LEFT back Scott Malone believes Millwall would have crumbled against Sheffield Wednesday without Ian Holloway in the dugout.
The Lions fought back from a goal down to claim a point in their basement battle with the Owls to build on their victory over Ipswich Town in the previous match.
And Malone says Holloway has given the players the confidence to persevere when the going gets tough.
The defender said: "The vibe in the dressing room is that everyone is pleased because we all stuck together – players and fans.
"A few months ago that wouldn't have happened – we'd have conceded more goals. We are all taking the manager's views on board and the team spirit is becoming very strong.
"Under Steve Lomas we were not really playing with any game plan. As players we have got to take a bit of stick for not coming together as a group.
"But the new gaffer has given us some fundamental things that he wants from us in terms of how we play, and we're all thriving on that."
Millwall spurned several chances to score in the first half before Wednesday substitute Giles Coke broke the deadlock at the other end, leaving Lions fans fearing a cruel home defeat.
But substitute DJ Campbell buried a close-range header to make it 1-1.
"We were on top for the first 20 minutes and pressing right on them," Malone said.
"Wednesday are a good side – they obviously watched the DVD of the Ipswich game because they tried to push me and Ryan Fredericks back.
"The gaffer changed our formation in midfield to give us more options, and that worked in the second half. I should've had a penalty and DJ Campbell should have had one too.
"Their goalkeeper made a great save from Steve Morison's header and Lee Martin had a few chances as well. If he keeps getting in those situations, he's going to score.
"Chris Kirkland used his hands at the end as well. The referee got a few decisions wrong but you're going to get that at The Den.
"I think we were unlucky not to get the three points on the balance of play – on another day we would have won."