NEIL Harris says the team spirit at Millwall is as good as it has been in years – and insists the Lions still believe they can avoid relegation to League One.
Tuesday's defeat at Blackurn Rovers put a large dent in the club's survival hopes but Harris, nor his players, are throwing in the towel just yet.
A three-point deduction for fourth-bottom Rotherham means they are now just one point below the Millers, albeit having played a game more.
When Harris faced the press half an hour after the final whistle at Ewood Park, he was clearly devastated by the result.
Following recent good performances, Harris admits he went into the Blackburn game confident of victory – only to be left ruing his side's poor finishing.
But he says Millwall are fired up and ready to go again when they take on Derby tomorrow.
"My reaction after the game was of frustration because sooner or later we have to meet some standards," he said.
"The minimum I've expected from my team is that they be ultra-competitive and play well, but now I'm saying: 'I expect the ball to go in the goal'. That's why I was disappointed.
"But I wasn't despondent, and the belief is still there for us. The team spirit at the club is as good as I can remember in a long, long time. We've still got that.
"The players have retained the belief, in spite of Tuesday, that they're still performing really well.
"They're just frustrated that the results in the last two games haven't been what our performances merited."
Losing to Blackburn was Harris' first big setback, with previous results fueling a belief that the Lions were on course to secure safety – which they could still achieve.
Harris added: "I came in making no promises other than to try to rekindle some spirit, belief and a bit of home form – those were the key factors which had tailed away a little bit recently.
"We've been trying to get that back, and have been getting better and better and more competitive in each game.
"The level of performances coupled with some good results really got belief going.
"We're playing really well, competing in every game and confident in what we're doing. The next step is to be more clinical in front of goal."
Tomorrow's opponents Derby need a victory to be sure of a play-off place – but Millwall have taken seven points from four home games under Harris.
"They have got a very expensive squad with some super players and a strong attacking threat," the Lions boss added.
"We're fully aware of their capabilities but, performance-wise, we're not doing too badly ourselves.
"The fans are seeing a work ethic and Millwall spirit that they expect from this club. Win, lose or daw on Saturday, they're guaranteed of another Millwall performance.
"For the last time this season, their support will be massively appreciated.
"The last home game of the season is always good at Millwall, whatever situation we're in, and I'm sure it'll be a cracking atmosphere.
"We still believe and we're going to have a right go. We're desperate to get more points on the board to put pressure on the teams above us going into the last week."