DANNY Shittu believes Millwall played their best football of the season against Bolton on Saturday, despite being forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.
The Lions only rescued a point when Martyn Woolford hooked in an 82nd-minute equaliser, but they dominated possession and created more chances than their visitors.
And so Shittu, whose performance merited special praise from boss Ian Holloway, admitted Millwall were "gutted" not to have claimed all three points.
"That was the best football we have played all season," he said.
"It takes a lot of courage to play the way we did [given our league position]. It was great to see the fans get behind us and support us in what we were doing.
"They could see we were bringing the ball down and passing it, and playing in the right way. The fans were great and the players are gaining confidence from them.
"We're really gutted not to win, but there were positives to take from the game."
Shittu also pointed out that the Lions have now fought back from 1-0 down to claim a point in three of Holloway's seven games in charge.
The defender added: "That wasn't happening before. Whether we are winning or losing, the manager's message is to keep going and try to get the next goal.
"In the last two games we've been unfortunate not to have gone ahead. We let in the first goal and normally we'd crumble, but we've been able to keep fighting and keep believing."
Shittu gave away a penalty before Woolford's equaliser when he handled inside the area, but the 33-year-old felt the decision against him was a harsh one.
Nevertheless, he was relieved to see David Forde save the spot kick.
"When people look at it again they'll see that I wasn't looking at the ball," said Shittu.
"You expect the ball to go out of play naturally. It was more ball to hand than hand to ball. The wind brought it onto my hand and Darren Pratley was nowhere near it.
"Even when the referee gave the penalty, Pratley told the ref he was nowhere near the ball. We were upset he gave the penalty but justice was done and Fordey pulled off the save.
"That gave us the momentum to get the draw, so I owe him a few beers after that."