Fulham hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey praised Fulham's attitude and aptitude after they comprehensively overcame Newcastle on Saturday.
The United States international was named his country's player of the year this week and showed why with a superb second-half performance at Craven Cottage.
After an appalling first period in which Fulham deservedly went behind, Danny Murphy and Bobby Zamora netted penalties either side of a Dempsey brace as the Magpies were run ragged.
The Texan netted a third at the death to secure the match ball and a 5-2 victory, which put to bed any memories of last week's 3-1 loss to 10-man Blackburn.
"It was definitely a frustrating first half," Dempsey said. "We didn't have any rhythm.
"It had to do with them being confident from their form but also I think maybe it was in the back of our mind a little bit the result against Blackburn, being a man up, and not taking advantage of that game and losing.
"But in the second half I thought we showed a lot of character and got the early penalty and Danny put it in the back of the net, which gave us confidence.
"Their mentality switched from thinking they were going to get three points to trying to salvage a point.
"We never took our foot off the gas and we were able to take advantage of our opportunities and put the ball in the back of the net."
Saturday's hat-trick was Dempsey's second in as many games at Craven Cottage, having netted a treble against Charlton in the FA Cup third round earlier this month.
The treble was the first by an American in the Barclays Premier League and comes during a purple patch for Dempsey.
"They seem to come in waves goals," he said.
"I'm just trying to keep working hard and keep enjoying the moment while I can because sooner or later they dry up a little bit on you.
"Hopefully I can continue with this form as long as I can because one of my favourite parts of the game is scoring goals.
"I always want to better myself and do better than the year before.
"So far I [have been] able to do that this season.
"Last season I had 13 in all competitions, now I have 15 in all competitions.
"I have nine in the league, last season I had 12 in the league so hopefully I can do better than 12 in the league.
"But I'm happy with the way things are going and hopefully I can keep putting the ball in the back of the net."