Martin Jol conceded he took a gamble with his selection for Fulham's 1-1 draw at Chelsea after losing Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson to injury.
The strike duo missed the Boxing Day derby at Stamford Bridge and Jol handed summer signing Orlando Sa only his second Premier League start.
Clint Dempsey was played in midfield and he scored Fulham's equaliser on 56 minutes after Juan Mata had given Chelsea the lead two minutes after half-time.
"Sometimes you have to take a gamble, and that is what we did today," said Fulham boss Jol.
"Our two main strikers dropped out so we had to come up with something else. I think it paid off."
Indeed, Fulham were unrecognisable from Wednesday night's 5-0 home thrashing by Manchester United.
Jol added: "We had a good result against Liverpool, a good result at the Emirates.
"You can't say we are inconsistent - it was just against United that we didn't have a good result.
"We've shown we can give all these teams a good game."
Jol was particularly delighted for David Stockdale after the young goalkeeper was forced to pick the ball out of his own net five times against United.
Jol, who was uncertain whether Zamora or Johnson would be fit for Saturday's trip to Norwich, added: "They had one chance in the first half and I thought we were the better team in the first half."