IAN Holloway admits Millwall need a "major points haul" next week.
The Lions kick off a hectic seven days of Championship action when they face automatic-promotion chasing Derby County on Saturday.
They then make the long trip to Holloway's old club Blackpool on Tuesday before hosting south London rivals Charlton in a relegation six-pointer at The Den next weekend.
With back-to-back away games being played in the space of four days, Holloway knows that maximising the energy levels of his players, as well as ensuring they get the right amount of rest, will be vital.
The Rams have won four consecutive fixtures on home soil, at the recently renamed iPro Stadium, so go into the game as huge favourites.
But Millwall's manager says his side will provide a stern examination of Derby's Premier League credentials.
And Holloway believes the Lions are unlikely to suffer any heavy defeats between now and the end of the season – after strugglers Doncaster and Barnsley were thrashed last time out.
He said: "We will be underdogs before every game because of our form and going to Derby will be no different.
"We have got some fantastic games to come and we're targeting the people who are just above us in the table.
"There were some results on Saturday which, touch wood, I don't think would happen to us at the moment. I really don't believe our lads will collapse and lose by four or five.
"This is an important week for us and we need a major points haul from these next three games. I believe we can get that.
"Derby is going to be a very tough challenge but we are capable of getting a result there, I have no doubt about that.
"Then we have got an awful trip to Blackpool next Tuesday night. It is a horrendous game to have in midweek.
"We play Charlton on the Saturday so how we get to and from Blackpool is going to be very important.
"We're getting the train up to Blackpool on the Monday so that the lads can sleep over in a hotel, but we're coming straight back after the game on the coach.
"They'll be in their own homes and in their own beds, but I'll have to give them Wednesday off because we'll get back at ridiculous o'clock in the morning. It's not ideal."
Holloway admits Millwall cannot afford to concede the first goal at Derby, having failed to win after falling behind in their last four games.
"Going 1-0 down is a regular scenario for us and we're having to chase games," he said.
"When teams drop deep against us it can almost take away half of the talent that we've got. Simeon Jackson needs space over the top but Brighton didn't give him any in our last game.
"We have not quite got the understanding of breaking people down enough. It's definitely coming and I can't argue with our performance last weekend.
"The most important thing now is spirit and Millwall without spirit is no good to anyone. We haven't had a good spirit all season but now it's coming.
"There are more than enough games left for us to be safe. We could double our points tally.
"I am looking for people to step up to the plate and give me a fair day's shift for the money I'm paying them. End of story."