IAN Holloway praised his newly-assembled back four after Millwall held free-scoring Derby to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.
The Lions boss reshuffled his defence at the iPro Stadium, moving Shaun Williams to centre half and pairing him with the recalled Byron Webster.
Matthew Briggs made his first league appearance for the club at left back while captain Alan Dunne filled in on the right side.
Holloway said: "That team and that back four has never played together before.
"I thought Webster showed all sorts of character. I brought him off at 2-0 down against Reading and he didn't deserve that.
"He took it like a man and he was absolutely fantastic today. We've had a problem since we lost Carlos Edwards because he's a Rolls Royce.
"I had to ask Alan Dunne to go back to right back – he hasn't played there for a while and was a bit ropey at the start but we've come through it.
"I just put some different energy in my team because we've been so nervous in the last couple of games.
"We started a little nervously but we grew into the game the longer it went on, particularly in the first half.
"It would be interesting to see the stats and find out how many chances they created with all their possession compared to our chances.
"Briggs was really unlucky in the first half when one came out to him and he smashed it – that could have easily gone in and it would have been deja vu for us at Derby again.
"But we'll have to take that point, go back home and get a little bit stronger and a little better if we want to get where Derby are aiming to get."
Holloway's main complaint about Millwall's performance was their ball retention.
"If I've got anything to worry about it's that we kept kicking it away," he said.
"If Derby have had a wave of attacks and we give it back to them then they're going to have another wave. We gave it back to them too much.
"I've got so much to do here and I'm going to keep calm and keep working at it.
"I was a little bit disappointed we didn't play out from the back and be a bit more confident on the ball because I wanted to win the game.
"I didn't come here to draw, I wanted to win. But I had to play a different way to how my Blackpool team might have done because I had more attacking options then.
"Back then I had some wingers who could run with the ball like you wouldn't believe so I've got to get that right here."
Lee Gregory had a penalty appeal turned down early on when he appeared to be nudged in the back as he jumped at a corner.
Derby loanee Jordan Ibe was then booked for diving after he went to ground as he tried to dribble around goalkeeper David Forde.
"You could argue the referee evened it out," Holloway said.
"I was very surprised he booked Ibe – it was a brave decision but the right decision.
"It did look like a shove on Gregory but I'm trying not to think about referees any more."