|Paterson 53||Venue: The City Ground
|Malone 19, Martin 39|
MILLWALL gave their survival bid renewed hope with a hard-fought win over play-off-chasing Nottingham Forest.
The Lions are now just two points from Championship safety after their triumph at the City Ground and Charlton's 1-0 home defeat by Reading.
First-half goals from Scott Malone and Lee Martin put the visitors in the driving seat and they clung onto their victory despite Jamie Paterson's header soon after the restart.
Ian Holloway made sweeping changes to his side following the 2-2 draw with Blackburn.
Alan Dunne, Nicky Bailey, Martyn Woolford, Ed Upson, Stefan Maierhofer, Malone and Martin all came into the starting XI as Millwall reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Carlos Edwards, who made his debut against Rovers last weekend, was at right back, with the returning Dunne made captain for the day at centre half.
Maierhofer had the first effort on goal of the half when he brought down Upson's diagonal pass and stung the palms of Karl Darlow with a low drive.
But there was little Darlow could do to prevent Millwall taking the lead in the 19th minute.
Malone advanced to the edge of the area and looked to pick out the run of Martin at the far post, but his cross deflected off Jara and into the net.
Owen Garvan then blasted wide following a corner before Beevers was narrowly beaten to Martin's cross by Darlow as the Lions grew in confidence.
As the home crowd grew restless, Radoslaw Majewski tried his luck from distance but David Forde was able to watch his shot wide.
And the Lions swiftly doubled their lead at the other end with a well-worked goal.
Dunne's long ball forward was chested down by Maierhofer into the path of Upson, who lofted a pass into the feet of Martin on the overlap.
The winger advanced to the edge of the area, cut inside and curled an inch-perfect shot into the corner before running the length of the pitch in celebration.
Woolford spurned a chance to make it 3-0 early in the second half when the ball got stuck under his feet after Malone's clever pass created an opening.
Forest pulled one back moments later when Dan Harding's ferocious cross was glanced home by winger Paterson from six yards.
That goal roused the home crowd but it was Millwall who went closest to scoring next when substitute Steve Morison forced Darlow into a full-stretch save.
Half-time sub Henri Lansbury blasted a free kick over before drilling a similar chance into the wall as the Lions restricted Forest to half chances.
And five minutes of added time came and went as Holloway's men held on to claim a priceless away win.