IAN Holloway says scoring first could be the key to Millwall's survival hopes.
Under Holloway, the Lions have gone ahead in six matches and lost only one of them – to Premier League bound Burnley at Turf Moor.
And they broke the deadlock in their recent wins over Nottingham Forest and Wigan.
"Scoring first has proved vital," Holloway said ahead of Saturday's clash with Watford.
"We have started every single game better than the opposition, and when we have gone in front we've carried that on.
"But we were hopeless in two of the games we went behind in – at Barnsley and Blackpool – because we were nervous as hell. That's what pressure does.
"I just hope we keep scoring the first goal because we look like a really good team when that happens. If we don't, we've got to have more belief about us."
Holloway believes his side have also benefited from a change in tactics.
Following the signing of 6ft8in striker Stefan Maierhofer last month, the Millwall manager implemented a more direct approach – but has reverted back to a passing style.
"It has been a conscious decision," Holloway said. "The more we've given the opposition the ball, the more they've scored – so we're not doing that anymore.
"I've gone back to what I fundamentally believe in and I'm a damn sight happier with it, and the lads have remembered it and managed to do it.
"Maybe the big fear factor was getting too much for everybody when we let that late goal in against Blackburn.
"I think there's a huge difference from that game in terms of who's playing now, who wants the ball and who's comfortable with it at the back and across midfield.
Holloway added: "Long-term the fans have got to understand that I will want to play some football.
"We need to spread ourselves out, pick a long ball and then win the bits and pieces – you can stretch people around then.
"Two of our goals last week came from us doing that but we were patient and waited for the right pass. That's hard to do under pressure and when there is expectation.
"But we are going to try this way and I want the lads to believe in themselves even when other people don't. That's all I want.
"We've got to win four or five more games in a row – and why can't we? All we need is the first goal, and why can't we confidently go about getting it?
"Everybody else has had a half-decent run, so why can't we have ours now? I think this is our time, I really do."