IAN Holloway believes there has been a big improvement in Millwall's performances in the past 12 months.
The Lions have taken 18 points from their first 17 games this season compared with 17 from 17 games under Steve Lomas a year ago.
But Holloway reckons there is no comparison to be made between the quality of displays.
He said: "We haven't been out-played once this season.
"We're competing in every match as opposed to 4-0 defeats this time last year. It's not like we go behind and never come back.
"The spirit has been great, we’ve been coming back and working hard. This season and last season are very different."
Holloway added that there is little to choose between teams in the Championship.
"What we've got to do is get in front and stay in front, and make sure we can avoid injuries and suspensions," he said.
"Anybody who puts a good run together between now and Christmas will be up towards the play-offs – that's how it’s going to be because nobody is running away with the league.
"Everybody is investing, everybody is having a go and nobody is transfer embargoed yet – although that will come into play this January and put the cat amongst the pigeons.
"We're all very close. It's only Blackpool who've had a really terrible start but if they win two games in a row they won't look that bad either."