|McDonald 33, Malone 51||Venue: The Den
MILLWALL climbed up to fifth in the Championship table with a hard-fought win over rock-bottom Blackpool at The Den.
Scott McDonald scored his first goal of the new campaign to put the Lions in front before turning provider for Scott Malone to double the advantage.
The hosts were looking comfortable and in the mood to add to their total but substitute Nile Ranger scored on the counter-attack to give the Seasiders hope.
Despite a nervy finish, Millwall held on to move into the play-off positions.
Jack Powell's inclusion in the side, his first league start for the club, was Ian Holloway's only change from last weekend's Championship defeat to Rotherham United.
Josh Wright dropped out of the squad altogether, while Jimmy Abdou was unavailable for selection after being granted permission to attend a family funeral in France.
Ricardo Fuller came close to scoring against his former club in the seventh minute when he was narrowly beaten to Scott Malone's dangerous cross by goalkeeper Joe Lewis.
The visitors then had a goal disallowed after Nathan Delfouneso pulled back Carlos Edwards before his cross was turned in by Ishmael Miller.
Edwards was involved at the other end when his deep cross was side-footed wide by Malone, who couldn't adjust his feet in time to convert the chance.
Visiting centre back Donervon Daniels missed a free header in the six-yard box during Blackpool's best spell of the half.
But McDonald broke the deadlock for Millwall when he curled home from the edge of the area after Powell's free-kick lay-off.
Andrea Orlandi stabbed over a half-chance for the Tangerines after they forced a string of corners as the Lions took their lead into the interval.
And Millwall doubled their advantage six minutes after the restart with a well-worked second goal.
After Fuller did well to hold up the ball, Carlos Edwards found goalscorer McDonald inside the box and the Australian's low cross was turned in by Malone at the far post.
Nathan Delfouneso spurned a guilt-edged chance to pull a goal back when he headed tamely at David Forde from point-blank range when it looked easier to score.
Powell nearly chalked up his second assist of the afternoon when he crossed for Mark Beevers, but the defender powered his header over the bar.
New signing Mathias Ranegie came on for his debut and headed wide from Lee Martin's free kick within moments of his introduction.
Martin then blasted over the bar from the edge of the area as Millwall went in search of the killer third goal.
But Blackpool hauled themselves back in the contest when Ranger finished off a quick counter-attack with a composed finish inside Forde's near post.
And Ranger nearly created an unlikely equaliser when he cut the ball back for Steve Davies inside the area, only for the striker to loft an unconvincing effort over the bar.
Holloway introduced Byron Webster from the bench to shore up his defence and withdrew Powell to a standing ovation from the home fans.
As four minutes of additional time were signalled, Francis Zoko fired into the side netting and Davies' drive was held by Forde as Blackpool's fight back fell short.