NICKY Bailey has rushed back from injury to help Millwall beat the drop.
The midfielder had been sidelined by a slipped disc but returned to the starting XI as the Lions claimed vital away wins at Nottingham Forest and Wigan.
And the 29-year-old has admitted the fear of relegation spurred him on during his recovery.
Bailey dropped down to League One with Charlton in 2009 and says he has no intention of reliving that miserable experience.
Speaking after Tuesday's win at the DW Stadium, he told the Southwark News: "Relegation is not a nice feeling and I don't want that feeling again.
"Nobody would have thought we'd win these games so we've proved a lot of people wrong.
"I have been itching to get back and these results have turned our season around at the right time.
"But it is not worth winning these two games if we don't stay up – we have given ourselves a fighting chance and hopefully we can do it."
Bailey injured his back making an innocuous tackle in training – describing the pain as "a very weird feeling."
"I went to close someone down and suddenly I just stopped – I couldn't move," he added.
"I tried to start running again but I had to go in to see the physio
"They thought it was a back spasm at first and it seemed to be getting better, so I stopped taking pain killers. But I could tell it still didn't feel right.
"I had a scan a week later and found out it was a slipped disc. It was very painful but I just couldn't wait to get back. I hate doing rehab in the gym so it was a long eight weeks for me."
And the former Middlesbrough man admits there is a chance he could break down again – but he is happy to put his body on the line for the cause.
"Back problems are a bit of worry for the medical staff but as a player you just want to get back," Bailey said.
"It's been hard for me. When I first told them I was ready to train, they wouldn't let me. It's just good to be playing again.
"I've just got to get through it. There's no time to let it heal – I just wanted to come back and help the team. If something happens again, then that's just the way it is."
Boss Ian Holloway has cited Bailey's experience and leadership as a big factor in his side's last two results.
"When I was younger, it was nice to have the senior players talking to you and now I like to talk on the pitch myself," Bailey added.
"We probably were a bit too quiet before but a lot of new players have come in and we have to find the right blend and formation."
Chairman John Berylson hopes Lions fans will turn out in force for Saturday's home clash with Watford as Holloway's men target a third straight win.
"I have been delighted by the past two performances and I hope we're on a roll now," the American said.
"Our form is going to be crucial so the fans need to get behind the team at The Den.
"We have given ourselves a chance of staying up so let's make sure we take it by beating Watford. We'll need the help of the crowd."
Millwall have three games at The Den remaining – against Watford, Doncaster Rovers and Bournemouth – and Bailey believes they will be crucial.
"We've got more home games than away games left, and if we win our games at The Den that will hopefully be enough to keep us up," he said.
"We've got to do what we haven't done all season which is win four or five in a row, but we'll be giving it our all and hopefully we can keep our run going on Saturday.
"It's been a hard season for the fans and they are entitled to be frustrated when we don't play well and we haven't played well in enough games.
"But we can prove to the fans over the next few weeks that we want to do it for them, and hopefully they'll keep supporting us at home."