SHANE Lowry felt ten-man Millwall deserved a draw against Brighton after a spirited fightback in the second-half.
The centre-back paid tribute to Lions fans for getting behind the players after Chris Taylor's red card in the 68th minute – a flashpoint which galvanised the Den crowd.
But Lowry was frustrated that it took a controversial decision to stir Millwall into life, with Brighton looking comfortable at 2-0 up until Taylor walked.
Chris Wood's first goal since his loan move from West Brom handed Kenny Jackett's side an unlikely lifeline, but an equaliser proved elusive in the dying stages.
"It took us until the sending-off and going two goals down to show what we are about as a team," he said.
"When we went down to ten men we showed a lot of fight and a lot of character – we had nothing to lose and thought we might as well have a go.
"At the same time, we didn't want to get thrashed five or six nil. It's a fine balance.
"The crowd got behind us and fair play to them, because they nearly got us over the line. We probably deserved a draw, with Wood missing a one-on-one right at the end.
"But there's no hiding from the fact we've been conceding way too many goals, and personally I've been a part of that."
Lowry felt that Taylor's dismissal, the result of a second yellow card following a seemingly harmless challenge on Tomasz Kuszczak, was extremely unfortunate.
"I thought it was harsh myself and Chris said the same in dressing room after," he said. "I think the keeper's made a bit of a meal of it.
"Chris is an inch from getting the ball so he has to go for it – it's not like he slid in. Even the first booking, he's gone for the ball and he's just come on the pitch."
Millwall have conceded 15 goals in seven league matches this season but Lowry is confident the defence will keep a clean sheet sooner rather than later.
"We have to work hard on the training pitch at defending better as a team," he said.
"We won't let our heads drop because the only way for us to put this right is to have a good togetherness in the squad and a strong mentality.
"We have to keep plugging away. I'm sure we'll be fine but we're going through a sticky patch at the moment."