Andy Johnson has rediscovered his scoring touch just in time for Saturday's visit to his old club Everton.
But it won't be the thought of getting one over David Moyes for freezing him out last season that will occupy his thoughts at Goodison Park, only the prospect of further developing his partnership with Bobby Zamora.
A relieved Johnson turned in Paul Konchesky's cross to claim his first Fulham goal in eight appearances on Wednesday night and his first in the league since March - a fact emphasised by a T-shirt bearing the number 100 which he revealed after scoring.
A sharply taken second goal to wrap up the points against a disappointing Wigan showed he really is back in business.
"I'm looking forward to it," Johnson said of tomorrow's (Saturday) lunchtime clash.
"Our record there is as bad as theirs down here, but that has to be broken sooner or later and hopefully it will be now.
"I've got some great friends up at Everton but there's going to be no special emphasis on the game just because it's Everton. The main thing will be the three points because it's a team game and not all about me."
Johnson continued: "I'm not too sure what sort of reception I'll get but I won't be concentrating on that. I'm just concentrating on being fresh for for the game.
"I do care what reaction I get, though. I spent two years there and I'm not a heartless person.
"I feel as if I did everything right with the way I moved and I did everything right by Everton when I was there for those two years.
"But I had to move on. I just felt I was frozen out a little bit towards the back end of last season and I got a lot of injuries, so it was maybe a little bit of an up and down season for me.
"I also played out on the right and sometimes in the hole and I feel my strongest position is playing up on the shoulder of the last defender and I feel I didn't really get the chance to play that position last season.
"I didn't want to risk another season in that kind of situation, especially as my boy was starting school and I didn't want to pull him out at Christmas time.
"I also missed the south. It's where I'm from. I wanted to come back down here and Fulham was my first choice club. I know [assistant boss] Mike Kelly and a couple of people from my Crystal Palace days."
Johnson's delight at getting off the mark was matched by his enthusiasm for partnering Zamora up front - a pairing which suggests a far more comfortable season ahead for the Whites than last season.
"I don't want to compare partnerships, all I know is we've got something special," Johnson said.
"Bobby's a fantastic player to play alongside. He's top classs. You've only got to look at his performances in the last two or three weeks to see that - and he will always score goals.
"We are gelling well but we've only played five and a half games together and it's going to take time, but he's a pleasure to play up front with. His movement got me my goals.
"You have to remember we've got some other top class strikers at the club like Erik Nevland, Clint Dempsey and Seol, so it's tough competition and not just about me and Bobby.
"But he's probably one of the best I've played alongside. I've played with James Beattie, Tim Cahill, Paul Furlong, Neil Shipperley and Dougie Freedman. Bobby's up there with the best I've played with."
Johnson added: "I'm relieved to get off the mark, definitely. It's taken a bit of time but it takes a little bit of time to settle at a new club.
"I'd like to say thanks a lot to the fans and the boys for being patient because when I first came I was injured and it's taken four or five games to get my proper sharpness back.
"I felt good at Portsmouth and felt I was getting back to my proper sharpness and fancied my chances tonight.
"I've been on 99 goals since March but felt I would get off the mark tonight. I'll always believe I'm going to score goals because I've done it for the last 6-8 years."
Johnson concluded: "Wigan was a massive game for us and the boys are buzzing now. Tonight hopefully it's kicked off our season. I think we can take a lot of confidence from tonight."
Match Summary FULHAM (1) 2 WIGAN ATH (0) 0 Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky; Davies, Murphy, Bullard (Baird 88), Gera (Dempsey 76); Johnson (Nevland 90), Zamora. Subs not used: Zuberbühler, Kallio, Andreasen, Gray. GOALS: Johnson (10, 60) Attendance: 22,500 MoM: Andy Johnson Entertainment: [274d][274d][274d][274d]
Goodison Park Saturday 12.45pm Premier League
Manager: David Moyes Position last season: 5th Form Guide: A 1-1 draw at home to Man United last weekend was a relief for Everton after a poor start to the season. But they are still seeking a first home win after five failures and were knocked out of the Uefa cup by Standard Liege in the first round. They have lost to Blackburn (2-3),Liverpool (0-2) and Portsmouth (0-3) and were also held by Newcastle (2-2). At least their away form has been a better. They have won at Stoke West Brom and (in midweek) Bolton. Their only away defeat has come at Arsenal.
Players to look out for: Louis Saha's bid for glory at Man United came to sorry end as injuries got the better of him. Maybe Fulham had the best of him in those first years in the Premier League. But they know more than most just how dangerous a marksman he can be.
Most recent meetings: Fulham 1-0 Everton (16 Mar 2008); Everton 3-0 Fulham (8 Dec 2007) - Premier League.
Head-to-head record: EFC Wins: 19 FFC Wins: 17 Draws: 11
Match Facts: Every single one of the 14 Premier League meetings between the clubs has been won by the side playing at home. Fulham won an FA Cup tie at Goodison Park in 1975 (2-1) on their way to the final but have lost on their last 15 league visits, while they have never won a league match there. Four draws is the best they can boast - the last (0-0) coming way back in September 1959.
Forecast: The Whites hate the north-west and Merseyside in particular. The monotonous sequence of home wins between the sides has to end some time. But don't bet on it being in this match.
Gazetteforecast success rate: 5 correct out of 11 (45%).