Mark Hughes insists he never had any doubt Fulham would turn their season around ahead of Saturday's crucial relegation clash at Wigan.
An eight-match winless run saw the Cottagers sucked into the Barclays Premier League drop zone but they will travel to the DW Stadium in 14th place, having won two out of their last three top-flight games.
"I've got a great group and I've been saying that for a long time," said manager Hughes, whose side also dished out a 6-2 thrashing to Peterborough in Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie.
"They want to do well, they want to progress, they want to get to the next level. That's part of my remit, that's why I came here. I fully expected them to do that.
"We were compromised with missing personnel but since the West Ham game here we've really dug in and are looking forward to what's ahead of us."