SHAUN Cummings believes Neil Harris' Millwall know-how is helping him make the transition into management at The Den.
Harris took charge of the Lions for the third time against Brentford on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw – despite leading with five minutes to go.
But while Harris was left feeling "gutted" about the result, Cummings says the 37-year-old has restored confidence and belief to the dressing room since his appointment.
Millwall's all-time leading scorer has a unique knowledge of the club and Cummings reckons that is already rubbing off on the players.
"He's got his own philosophy," Cummings said. "Obviously he played at the club for a number of years and knows it inside out. Chopper knows what the fans like to see.
"To have him here, with what he knows about Millwall, is working for the team. You can see that. We've got our belief back and we're playing well but we need to get a win."
Goals from Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien had put the Lions in a commanding position but Alex Pritchard (penalty) and Moses Odubajo snatched a point for the Bees.
"We were in a comfortable position at 2-0 but we knew that Brentford are a good passing team and always look to create chances," Cummings added.
"That's why they are where they are in the league.
"It was always going to be a difficult game for us. We did well to get the two goals but it's disappointing for all of us that we couldn't see the game out."
Harris' side couldn't hold on but the 1,614 Lions fans at Griffin Park chanted "we've got our Millwall back" during the second half.
"We're playing for the fans who come week in, week out," Cummings said. "To have their support in a big London derby, and to have them back on side, is very good.
"The main thing is to work hard and get a win for the fans because they're giving us good support, which we're grateful for."
The Lions are seven points away from safety with seven games to go – but Cummings believes there is a still a chance that the club could stay up.
"No matter what position you're in, until it's mathematically impossible then there is always hope," he said. "The players realise that and the manager has told us to believe.
"We've always got hope. You can see from the way we played that we haven't given up and even though we're in a difficult position, we'll always work hard and try our best."
Millwall's players were devastated when the final whistle blew against Brentford and they have ten days to stew on that result before Charlton visit The Den.
"If you're not disappointed after losing a 2-0 lead, then something's wrong," said Cummings. "I'm very disappointed now but we will regroup this week.
"We'll watch the video, Chopper will tell us what he saw and what we could've done better and then we'll take the positives out of it and move forward.
"The disappointment will go over the next few days and we have to focus on the Charlton game."