Millwall manager Kenny Jackett praised his side's resolve after they moved into the play-off spots in the npower Championship with a hard-fought win over Leicester.
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Chris Taylor's strike midway through the second half proved the difference between the two sides at the New Den.
And in the face of considerable pressure in the closing stages, Millwall held the Foxes at bay to leave Jackett delighted.
"We had to weather the storm and we defended very well," Jackett said. "But then we started to create chances of our own and eventually made it a dominant performance.
"The goal came at the right time and gave us something to hold onto, to see the game out.
"We showed some guts, we had to be at our very best against a Leicester side who have real quality across the board.
"We defended very well in injury time, there were balls flying in all over the place but my two centre-halves handled that very well.
"Danny Shittu has been a key player for us. He played a captain's role out there and was solid at the back all day.
"Darius Henderson is coming back soon and that will help us because we need to maintain our position and push forward to build on this great start."
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson was left to rue what might have been as both Andy King and David Nugent came close to scoring.
"I see the game as a bit of a missed opportunity for us," Pearson said. "We did quite well in the first half but conceded a sloppy goal which is difficult to take.
"Going into the game, we thought we had a good chance to get something out of it but we couldn't find that bit of quality in the final third.
"But you've got to give Millwall credit, they played with great spirit and defended everything we threw at them.
"As soon as we created the opportunities our execution wasn't quite right and we couldn't open them up.
"We put them under a lot of pressure in the first half, but in the second half they came out with a higher tempo and made it difficult for us.
"We made too many unforced errors and allowed them to keep it in our half when really it was straightforward to clear the ball, but that happens sometimes."