IAN Holloway is confident Millwall can avoid relegation from the Championship despite suffering their 15th defeat of the season at Burnley on Saturday.
With a crunch clash against Yeovil looming on Tuesday, the Lions manager has called on his players to build on the positives from their performance at Turf Moor.
Despite the 3-1 loss, Holloway said his side's display "was a step forward."
"We've got to be better than three other teams between now and the end of the season, and I believe if we can build on some of our play, we've got a chance of doing that," he said.
"But we need results right now. The next three games are six-pointers – they're important because the games are running out and they are against teams around us.
"There are big things to take from that performance, and are we brave enough to take them after a defeat? We have to put ego to one side and accept they were better than us.
"We were more organised and caused Burnley more problems than other teams would have here – albeit not enough. At crucial times, things went wrong for us – that's down to us.
"If we keep working hard, I think we can get out of the mire that we're in. Some people are waterlogged at the minute, but it's not going to drag me down.
"I'm just going to pump all of that out on the way home, no problem, and get our defences up ready for a game at Yeovil. We're Millwall, so we don't lie down."
Millwall took the lead at Turf Moor through Martyn Woolford's fine opener, but were 2-1 down by half-time.
Danny Ings equalised before missing a penalty – only for Dean Marney to score a second. Ings sealed the points with his 24th goal of the season after the restart.
"I am very disappointed for the lads," Holloway added. "Some important things need to start happening for us and I'm sure they will do against other teams given how we played.
"To get yourselves in front here is no easy feat, but we did that with a decent free-kick into the box, it dropped down and we put it in.
"What we're not doing at the moment is holding onto anything.
"We had a game plan to stop Ings and Sam Vokes, and for the first few minutes you could see that Burnley weren't quite at it. We started the better team.
"Given the season both teams are having, it was a big ask for us to carry on how we started for 90 minutes.
"When you get yourselves in front, when you're down the bottom, you don't seem to be able to hold on.
"From my point of view, we lost our game plan for the first goal. The ball went wide and their man was able to play it straight into Ings' feet in the box.
"I had two midfielders shielding the back four, and for the first time in the game they were not there. He's spun, smashed it and it's gone in.
"Five minutes before half time, all of a sudden we dropped deep, so deep that their midfielder was able to pick a pass from the edge of our box.
"I'd like to ask what on earth the penalty was for? Anybody got an idea? I didn't see any one of their players appeal for it – it was a ridiculous decision.
"When Bywater saved it, I thought our luck had changed – but it didn't last long, did it? That sums up the feeling in our dressing room, and we've got to take that off.
"A lot of our performance was not bad at all, against arguably the best Championship team I have seen this year.
"We've added some new players and we've got to get some breaks really quickly, because that dressing room is pretty low at the moment.
"We can learn from the structure of Burnley – they know where they're passing it, they don't take any risks and on top of that they've got great individuals.
"The third goal was the killer. We've given somebody too much time with the ball, one long ball over the defence and Ings gets onto it and scores.
"I'm enjoying working with this lot. I don't enjoy losing but I can hold my hands up to a better team, and today Burnley were better than us. In the end, it was too comfortable.
"That's as good a Burnley side I've ever seen. If there's anybody with a stronger chin than them, with a better group mentality, then I'd like to see them – hopefully not too soon."