Martin Jol has praised Fulham’s ability to fight back against Manchester City, with the manager insisting that the Cottagers have now launched themselves into what will hopefully be a successful season.
Fulham looked down and out in the first-half on Sunday, with the side behind City 2-0 thanks to a Sergio Aguero brace. But rather than City running rampant as they seem to have all season, the Cottagers fought back and between Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy, they were able to salvage a draw from one of the title favourites.
And Jol believes that the win could be the beginning of a successful run for the Fulham squad, with spirits now at a high after the weekend result.
"The spirit will always be 100 per cent if you get the results and we didn't have the results — it was as simple as that,” Jol said.
"I felt like we had nothing, with only two points, and the players felt the same.
"But to show against a team like Manchester City that you can come back and score two goals, must have given us a big boost and confidence for the future.
"We were a little bit tired but you could see they were as well, after playing in midweek.
"It was a fantastic achievement to come back against them because I don't think they'll give away leads like that again in the future."
Fulham face another tough fixture this week, with the side taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night in the Carling Cup, followed by West Brom at the weekend and Danish club Odenese BK away the following Thursday in the Europa League.
The draw against City took Fulham off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table, and Jol believes that some pressure has been alleviated from the squad.
“It was awful being at the bottom,” he explained. “You have to win your home games. It was not a nice thing to see we were bottom of the league.
"Now we're 18th and that's better than being bottom of the table. To come back from the death is what we probably did, but when we scored we had to believe.
"We had four opportunities and scored two goals — that is good."