MILLWALL cannot allow their heads to drop after sliding into the Championship relegation zone, midfielder Ed Upson has said.
Charlton's midweek win over Bournemouth saw the Lions fall into the bottom three for the first time this season with ten games of the campaign to go.
But Upson believes no good can come from dwelling on the situation and has called on his teammates to maintain an optimistic outlook.
He told NewsAtDen: "It's never nice to see your team in the bottom three.
"Maybe that was the wake up call people need to switch into gear but I'm not saying anyone hasn't done that already. We're all aware of the situation we're in.
"In and around the team we have got to keep our heads up and stay positive because results have got to change.
"Charlton's win was talked about, of course, but what's been said more than anything is that we've got to concentrate on ourselves first and foremost.
"You can worry about what everyone else is doing and their results, but you can't let that get to you. You've got to be in your own little bubble.
"Focused is the word. We should be fully focused on winning as many games and picking up as many points as we can and seeing where that takes us.
"It's down to us, it's all on our shoulders and we are the ones who can get us out of it. We're not going to rely on anyone else's results.
"Everyone's really positive at the moment and we cannot let our heads drop in any way.
"We cannot be down or negative about anything because that is not going to help us get out of this situation."
Results aside, Upson, a January signing from Yeovil Town, is loving life at The Den
"I am fully settled in now and I am really enjoying it," he said. "Coming to Millwall has been brilliant for me, everyone's welcomed me nicely and I feel like part of the group already.
"I'm playing week in, week out and understanding what the gaffer wants me to do and my role in the team.
"Hopefully I am showing that I can do that for him and I think that I have put in some good performances, but the main thing is results and they have to turn.
"As soon we do that, everything changes – the whole mentality, attitude and the positivity of the squad. That all comes with winning games."
Upson struggles to put his finger on why Millwall haven't been winning games – or why they weren't able to build on their fantastic win at Derby earlier this month.
Since then, the Lions have lost to Blackpool and drawn with the Addicks.
"We're playing well enough to win games but we have been unlucky with some penalties that shouldn't have been given and chances that we should have scored," Upson said.
"That's just what happens when you're down that end of the table.
"We had a great win at Derby, we played well and deserved to win the game. We didn't have long to recover for Blackpool but we were flying in the first half an hour.
"We missed a penalty, hit the bar and hit the post – we should have been 3-0 up. When you don't take your chances, the other team tends to get one and score it.
"They sat back, held on for the second half and made it difficult for us to break them down.
"Losing like that can be even more annoying because you are not getting what you deserve. It's so close but it's just not happening for whatever reason.
"The performances have been working but sometimes you need some luck – for the penalty to go in or for the ball to hit the bar and then go in. The margins are very fine."
Having pulled off a shock at the iPro Stadium when expectations were low, Saturday's trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United could be ideal for the Lions.
But Upson added: "There is the same amount of pressure in every game at the moment no matter who you are playing because it's so important to pick up those points.
"At this stage of the season, every game is as important as the last one and the next one.
"Obviously the pressure will be there again against Leeds but you wouldn't be a professional footballer if you couldn't handle that.
"We'll go into the game feeling as positive as we can."