Roy Hodgson praised Bobby Zamora after his match-winning display for Fulham against Sunderland at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
The striker nodded the only goal of the game in the fifth minute and was a constant thorn in the Black Cats' side throughout the entire game.
The former Tottenham man has his fair share of critics - including some Fulham fans - but his value to the Cottagers has never been under-rated by Hodgson.
The Fulham boss was delighted with his side's first-half showing but thought the service to the frontmen in the second period was disappointing.
"The first half he was magnificent, second half I don't think he got the service and even then I thought he did very well and he was a thorn in the side of the Sunderland centre-backs," Hodgson told Sky Sports.
"But I don't think we got the ball up to him and Erik Nevland anywhere near as much in the second half.
"But his overall performance was fantastic. I am extremely pleased to see him score a goal and he also hit the crossbar and I thought his performance was good throughout."
With Danny Murphy returning from injury on Thursday against CSKA Sofia, although the skipper was on the bench against Sunderland, Hodgson revealed that the club's injury situation was brightening up.
"We are really pleased, we are also very pleased that Simon Davies, Danny Murphy, we don't think Andy Johnson and Jo (Diomansy) Kamara are too far away, these are very reassuring things to have in my back pocket going into the New Year," he added.
"It will be tough, it's just nice to have some margin between the bottom clubs especially as we go to Birmingham, have United at home, Tottenham and Chelsea (coming up), they are tough games."