ALAN Dunne believes "something has clicked" at Millwall since the squad held a heated training-ground inquest ten days ago.
Dunne confirmed that there had been a "row" between players prior to their game against Nottingham Forest earlier this month.
An enraged Ian Holloway made seven changes to his starting line up at the City Ground after the team he had originally picked was thrashed 6-0 in a practice match.
That scoreline led to a frank exchange of words in the dressing room and prompted Dunne to "speak out" about the side's poor run of form.
The following day, Dunne was made captain and the Lions beat Forest 2-1.
The defender said: "There was a bit of a bust up in training before the Forest game, which I wasn't meant to be playing in.
"We had a row in the changing room because the reserves had beaten the first team. A few words were said and I spoke up and said what I felt about individuals and about players.
"I got emotional and it showed that I cared.
"Only so much can come from the manager and sometimes it takes a player to speak out. I have been here for 22 years and I felt someone needed to step up and say what they felt.
"Since then we've had three good results, so something's changed and something's clicked."
Asked what the tone of his speech had been, Dunne added: "You can work that one out for yourselves!
"Desperate times call for desperate measures and it needed to be said. It was not aimed at any specific individual but it was something I wanted to get off my chest.
"I said, 'we have got six games left here, I will be here next year so let's make sure everyone fights to keep us in this division.'
"It was along those lines, but obviously with a few swear words thrown in!"
Millwall built on their win at Forest with another victory against Wigan, before fighting back to claim a 2-2 draw with Watford on Saturday.
"I'm delighted to finish off a good week for us with a draw," Dunne said. "Seven points from nine as captain is pretty good and you can't ask for more than that.
"The overall performances in the last few games have been exceptional. I thought we started slowly on Saturday but as the game went on there was only one team in it."
The Lions were heading for a cruel defeat when Almen Abdi's shot deflected in four minutes from time, but Martyn Woolford came up with a stoppage-time equaliser.
Dunne added: "I think we over-committed a little for their goal because we felt comfortable after the equaliser and thought we were going to win it.
"Sometimes when you do that in the Championship get punished, especially by a team like Watford.
"They countered on us to go 2-1 up but the boys and the crowd dug in and showed the spirit that Millwall is all about.
"When we scored, the whole place lit up and I haven't seen that for a long time. The players deserved that at the very least.
"I'm confident we will stay up now. It was a vital point on Saturday. The stats recently have shown that we've been dominating games and we're playing better football.
"We have got four games left and I think we are capable of picking up nine points from 12, which will be more than enough to keep us up."
The Lions' improving form has sucked other teams into the relegation battle, while results elsewhere also went in their favour on Saturday.
Dunne said: "I'd say there are six teams in it now – Doncaster, Blackpool and Charlton, plus the bottom three.
"Straight after the game you want to know how the other teams have got on. When you hear they've lost, that makes our point even more vital.
"Some of the other clubs are in freefall while we've picked up eight points from 12, and if we get that again from our last four games that should be enough.
"We have still got to play Doncaster here so it's all to play for. Blackpool and Doncaster have been dragged right into it.
"We don't want to get carried away – it's one step at a time. We've got to play Middlesbrough and Doncaster in a matter of three days and that will decide our fate."