IAN Holloway was "delighted" to see his selection gamble pay off after a much-changed Millwall side claimed an impressive 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest.
Holloway revealed after the game that he had made seven alterations to his starting line up because his original team lost 6-0 in a training game on Friday morning.
And it was two of the recalled players, Scott Malone and Lee Martin, who scored the goals as the Lions closed the gap on fourth-bottom Charlton to just two points.
"We worked on something yesterday morning but I had to totally change it," Holloway said. "The team I didn't pick beat the team I did pick 6-0.
"On Thursday, everybody looked nervous and was giving the ball away and on Friday, when I picked the team, the players that I didn't pick beat the ones I did.
"I was not very happy so I changed seven people because I needed more confidence. I took a risk and I've never done that before, but I thought the lads handled it brilliantly.
"It was a strange thing for me to have to do but I am delighted for them and won't make a big issue out of it.
"They all took what I said on board and I think you could see how confident we were by the way we knocked the ball around in the first half.
"The ones who played confidently yesterday looked relaxed today."
The visitors had raced into a deserved two-goal lead before half time but Jamie Paterson's header shortly after the restart set up a tense finale.
"I got a little bit nervous in the second half I suppose with what's been happening to us and what happened last week, but we were terrific in the first half," Holloway said.
"We scored two good goals because we knew we could overload them down the wings and, yes, Scotty's goal took a deflection but we'd worked on getting him in that position.
"They play with a midfield diamond and that's what we spoke about.
"Lee thorough deserved the second goal and he has deserved better since I've been here. It's nice to have him back and he looked a bit of a Rolls Royce – I thought he was fantastic.
"Considering how long he'd been out for and how long he hadn't scored for, we were all delighted for him and it was a brilliant goal.
"That looked like him when he was at Manchester United. Hopefully he can come back, help the team and score more goals."