IAN Holloway admits avoiding relegation remains a "tall order" for Millwall but says there is a growing belief in his squad that they can survive.
Back-to-back wins over Nottingham Forest and Wigan have given the Lions a fighting chance of staying up and they go in search of a third straight victory against Watford tomorrow.
Millwall are currently third-from-bottom with 39 points but are now within striking distance of Charlton (41) and Blackpool (42), with five games of the season still to play.
And Holloway hopes the Lions will continue to grow in confidence during the final run in.
He said: "I believe in my team and we're going to need to make things go for us.
"They were bright and breezy in training anyway but the belief in some of them now – in the likes of Nicky Bailey and Lee Martin – has been important. We've missed these players.
"Whatever I do and whatever I say, it's going to be a tough game. With five left, we're feeling better about ourselves but we've got to keep winning and that's going to be a tall order."
Holloway has highlighted Bailey, Martin and Alan Dunne as key performers in recent games.
The Millwall boss added: "Lee looks like he is back at Manchester United and as though the world has been lifted off his shoulders. He's enjoying his football and that's fantastic for us.
"Nicky is a great organiser and we've missed his character – without a shadow of a doubt.
"That's four games he has played for me and we've won three of them. Do I think that with Nicky in my team we've got a better chance of winning? Absolutely.
"Do I think that we can keep our organisation and structure with him in the team? Yes, I do, and he's been proving that in these last two games.
"We didn't have too many other players like him. He's made a huge difference.
"Alan Dunne stepping in at centre half has made an impact because you can't argue with the fact that players like him care. Our fans have got to know that we care, and they do.
"I'm not saying other players don't, but Bailey and Dunne are strong characters."
Watford, under new boss Bepe Sannino, have failed to hit the heights of last year's march to play-off final – where they were defeated by Holloway's Crystal Palace.
Assessing the threats posed by the Hornets, Holloway said: "With Watford playing a back three, it's a very similar situation that we prepared for against Wigan.
"They have got some good players, but in their books they must have had a disappointing season because they were in the play-offs last year and expected to win them."