IAN Holloway felt Millwall deserved to beat Middlesbrough by a greater margin on Saturday.
The Lions recorded a 2-1 win at the Riverside Stadium to lift themselves out of the bottom three but would have been worthy victors by a more emphatic scoreline.
Boro goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos made several fine saves in the second half and Lee Martin was denied a third goal by the offside flag.
In the end, Stefan Maierhofer's first-half brace proved to be enough, rendering Emmanuel Ledesma's free kick a mere consolation for the hosts.
"We stuck to our task, we knew what we were doing and I'm just disappointed that we lost the second half," Holloway said afterwards.
"We deserved to win by more than one goal.
"I don't know how the linesman can give a free kick when their fella has thrown himself over on the edge of the box, and if you look at Martin's follow up he was onside.
"Just get it right – because there are huge things at stake now. If they'd equalised at the end, that wouldn't have been fair because their goalkeeper was man of the match.
"I wanted to win the second half so I'm disappointed that we didn't.
"But would I have accepted that performance? Totally. Did I expect it from them? Yes I did, because we're getting better.
"Did I expect more from Middlesbrough? Truthfully, yes, I did, but we caused them a lot of problems which is good for me and my lads.
"We've got to keep going and keep going – that's five unbeaten now."
Holloway heaped praise on goal-hero Maierhofer, who buried two close-range headers from Martin crosses to put the Lions in control.
"It's a good job he's big enough to head those into the net, because he missed a sitter early on," Holloway said.
"I was surprised at their team sheet and I didn't think they would play that back three. That's what cost them.
"They changed it really quickly at 2-0 because they couldn't handle Maierhofer.
"I'm delighted for him. He's helped our results since I put him in the team, he's an honest boy who works his socks off and he's proved he can score.
"He's unlocked the door for other people around him. Martin is playing exceptionally well – he looks as good as he has ever looked.
"It was a good, solid performance all round. It was a bit nervy at the end but that's us – we do it the hard way."
Millwall face a quick turnaround before Monday's battle with Doncaster at The Den.
"It's going to be a tough game at home," Holloway added.
"Our lads are learning how to play away – they look so relaxed and understand things and now they have to do that at home.
"It's nice to get this run going – so well done to the boys. We have got to get home and get ready for Monday, because this win is no good if we don't follow it up.
"I'm delighted for this lot because they've deserved things that they haven't got since I have been here and they've kept going. Let's see if we can keep going.
"I don't want to look at the league table – it is irrelevant. It will only matter after the next three games."