CARLOS Edwards is mystified by Millwall's lowly league position but insists the Lions can pick up the points they need to stay in the Championship.
Edwards played 83 minutes on his debut against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday after moving to The Den from Ipswich Town for the remainder of the season.
The 35-year-old admits the prospect of playing regularly was the motivating factor behind his switch to SE16, but he is determined to help Ian Holloway's side beat the drop.
He said: "I haven't come here just because I want to play – of course that is important – but it's a challenge.
"As I said to the manager last week, I am looking through the squad here and I'm wondering to myself 'why?' – that's the big question – because of the quality we have.
"It puzzles me when I look around and see the quality of players that we have got at our disposal and yet still we are bottom of the table.
"But there's hope once you believe and the lads believe in themselves that we can do it.
"I'm relishing the challenge because there's no way Millwall should be at the bottom of the Championship with the manager and the quality of players that we have."
Edwards has experienced a relegation battle before in his career, having helped Sunderland secure Premier League safety in 2008-09.
"It's a habit for me but they are two different ballgames," he added.
"At Sunderland, we weren't rock-bottom but we were looking down the gun barrel in the same way and we dug deep.
"When you look around and see the players next to you, you ask yourself 'why are we in this situation, and why aren't we pulling our fingers out?'
"The lads looked at themselves in the mirror, a few harsh words were said but they took them on the chin – constructive criticism really – and we survived that year.
"It is possible that the same could happen here – nothing is impossible.
"The lads here know each other to a tee, so we need to put our arms around each other and realise that these next seven games are crucial.
"The next two games being away from home might take a bit of pressure off of the lads, so who knows, we could be coming back down the road smiling with six points."
Josh King's stoppage-time equaliser denied Millwall all three points against Blackburn.
"It was two points dropped," Edwards added. "The lads gave a good account of themselves but we need to capitalise on our home games at this stage of the season.
"It's very important that we take all three points at home. We disappointed ourselves and the fans by dropping those two points."