LEE Martin lifted a big weight off his shoulders by scoring his first goal in over two years against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Martin's superb solo effort capped a fine individual performance in the Lions' 2-1 win at the City Ground, a result which gave their survival hopes a timely boost.
The winger had been waiting since February 2012 to register on the scoresheet – and hopes the goals will start to flow now that he has ended his barren spell.
He said: "It was great to score because it has been a long, long time coming and I've missed a couple of big chances since Ollie took over.
"It's down to confidence really. Last season, I had the most shots on target of any player at Ipswich but I just couldn't score.
"When I was at Charlton, Phil Parkinson said to me that you'll score a goal every five efforts on target – so either that's a load of rubbish or I was having a really bad spell!
"I am relieved to have come through that and got the goal, but the main thing was the three points. We worked so hard for the win."
Martin cut in from the left flank and arced an inch-perfect curler into the far corner before sprinting the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Lions fans – and his parents.
"I ran to see my mum and dad because originally they weren't going to come to the game," he explained.
"The manager said he'd be changing the team so I told them I wasn't sure if I was playing or not, but they drove up on the off chance so it was the least I could do!"
Martin added: "I really enjoyed the game – I felt confident from the start.
"I was feeling ill on Saturday morning so it was a bit of an up and down day for me, but I'm obviously delighted with the goal."
Boss Ian Holloway praised his side's composure after their victory and Martin agreed that cool heads are needed in the heat of Millwall's relegation battle.
"We just need to relax and play our natural game – it's only a game of football," he said.
"I know sometimes you get caught up in the doom and gloom of it all, but if we play like that in our final six games then we've got a chance of staying up.
"But this cannot be a flash in the pan like the win at Derby was, we have got a tough game coming up at Wigan and as delighted as we are now, we have to go again on Tuesday."