Yoann Barbet believed Brentford made a statement at Aston Villa on Saturday but need to turn chances into goals.
The Bees had come in for unjust criticism after selling Jota, Maxime Colin and Harlee Dean to Birmingham and they proved them wrong by outplaying the Villans on their own turf.
The only thing missing from Brentford's display was a goal that would have given them a deserved victory but Barbet was pleased the team proved that the west Londoners can cope without the trio.
He said: “I think we were the best team on the pitch today. We were really good in the first half.
“The second half, we didn't have the ball as much as we had in the first half but we had some big chances. We can be pleased but we need goals.”
Barbet added: “We have to stay together. We've lost three good players and we've got quality in the squad.
“We need to push each other to move forward. We did well at Villa and I hope we can continue in that way.”
There is a saying that if you don't score, make sure you don't concede and the Bees have done that in their last two games, for the first time since the 2014/15 season.
The defender added: “It's good for the confidence. Two games in a row against two big teams. We have to score goals.
“We've played six games and we are still waiting for a win. We played really well as a team.
“We stayed together from the start to the end. Villa had a great keeper. We had big chances but didn't score.”