DAVID Forde admits it's do or die time for Millwall in their battle to survive.
Forde still believes the Lions can stay in the Championship, despite being five points adrift of safety, but says they can afford no further slip ups in their final seven games.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Nottingham Forest, Forde described the thought of relegation back to League One as "soul-destroying", but vowed to fight to the end.
"This is as tough as it has been during my time at the club," Forde said.
"I look back at last year when things were really difficult and I don't think we were as good a side then as we are now, which is the most annoying and frustrating thing.
"When I look at the way we've played recently, we probably should have won around seven of our last 12 games and we shouldn't be in this position.
"We've played very well in a lot of games but for whatever reason we haven't got the breaks or taken some of our chances.
"There are still seven games to go and I know there is a gap between us and Charlton, but if we can get a big win at Forest all of a sudden things will change."
After the trip to the City Ground, Millwall travel to Wigan before hosting Watford.
"We can string two or three wins together and build up a bit of momentum," Forde added.
"It's got to be this week – the next three games will tell a massive story. Since I've been here, we've always done it the hard way, in typical Millwall fashion.
"We've always done well up at Forest and we've already beaten Wigan this season, so these are the games we excel www.honeytraveler.com/buy-proscar/ in.
"The bigger the game, the bigger the challenge and hopefully we'll rise to the occasion.
"There are a lot of twists and turns at this time of the season and someone usually puts a run of wins together out of the blue, so hopefully that'll be us.
"We have got a great opportunity with seven games to go and we're not really relying on anyone else. If we string some results together, it's still in our own hands.
"But the longer it goes on, it's out of our hands so we have to start winning now."
In the absence of captain Paul Robinson and his deputy Danny Shittu against Blackburn last weekend, boss Ian Holloway handed Forde the armband.
He said: "Playing for my country and captaining Millwall are my proudest career highlights, and when I've done it in the past I've absolutely loved it.
"Being captain gives me a great sense of pride. It's an honour and a privilege."
Forde admits this season has been especially bruising for the club's long-serving players.
"We've been here a long time and we have an added responsibility because we understand the club," he said. "It hurts us a lot and I'm certainly wounded at the moment.
"There's nothing worse than a wounded animal so hopefully we can rectify the situation.
"I would be absolutely gutted if we went down – it would be soul-destroying. We've worked so hard to get into the Championship.
"The way things have unfolded this season must be hard for the chairman because he's given it a right good go and invested a lot of money.
"It's disappointing for him and for the fans, but all of the lads are hurting too."