Neeskens Kebano is hoping that securing World Cup qualification with DR Congo during the international break will leave him brimming with confidence when he returns to Fulham.
DR Congo currently sit top of Group A in the third round of African qualifying for the competition and face Tunisia, who are second, in back-to-back games, knowing wins in those ties will all but secure qualification.
The 25-year-old already leaves with confidence already high after opening the scoring in Fulham's 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday - a lovely cushioned header into the corner of the goal after Ryan Fredericks found him with a perfect ball in what was the Congolese man's best game of the season.
The international break has perhaps come at a bad time for Fulham having put in a performance the fans had been waiting for since the Play-offs last season, but Kebano is glad that they got the win to give them some confidence before everyone goes their separate ways for international football.
He said: "Having an international break right now is not ideal timing, but it is good to have the break with the confidence a win brings.
"For me the international games with Congo are important, very important. If we can win then will have an 85% chance of qualifying for the World Cup, that is very important for us.
"It could be I go on the break full of confidence after scoring and winning today, then come back from the qualifiers just as happy after qualifying with my nation.
"If we can get back to how we played in the final 15 games of last season, and this win was a lot like we were, then we can do even better than we did last season."