IAN Holloway heaped praise on Scott McDonald and Jack Powell after Millwall's 2-1 victory over Blackpool on Saturday.
McDonald fired the Lions ahead after being teed up by Powell's clever free kick before he laid on the second goal for Scott Malone.
Substitute Nile Ranger's composed finish gave the visitors hope but Holloway's side saw out the final 20 minutes of the match to claim all three points – and move into the top six.
And the Millwall boss said: "Scott was absolutely brilliant. Everything he did looked sharp and bright. He looked as good as he did when he was playing for Celtic.
"That was Marc Bircham's free kick – he likes quick ones round the corner – so he deserves the credit for that. We did speak about unlocking the door with a set piece.
"We've done that probably 50 times on the training ground and haven't scored once, even against nobody. We did it today and it's gone right in the corner.
"Jack was outstanding. He played really well against Southampton – he shone.
"I had to let Jimmy Abdou go back to France because he lost his grandfather this week and the funeral was today. That was the right thing to do.
"I could have put someone else in but I wanted to reward Jack for his efforts. I know he's a nice passer but you never know how he'll respond in a big game at The Den.
"He looked like he's been there all his life. I'm really pleased with him and for him. I have been saying that I like some of my young players and for him to step up is pleasing."
Holloway was frustrated that the Lions did not win by a bigger margin.
"We got ourselves in a great situation by scoring a great second goal and we've just got to learn how to manage the game," he added.
"I think that will come. It better do because my nerves are jangling and everything went out the window after Blackpool scored one of the most bizarre goals I've ever seen.
"We had a throw in, our big centre half ran all the way up for it but then we didn't throw it to him! How stupid can you get?
"If we're going to let him run all that way, then at least throw it to him.
"When we didn't do that, our next decision was to shoot when we just had to pass it and take care of the ball. Malone was too far forward, we had no shape and they scored.
"That made everything go out the window and we panicked. Blackpool put Ranger on and we've ended up scrapping something when we could have been really comfortable.
"I'd have been a lot happier then but my team is still learning and I'm delighted we can learn from a victory and that we didn't throw that away because I'd have been absolutely fuming."