Romaine Sawyers revealed a half-time chat inspired his fantastic second half showing, especially in an unfamiliar forward position.
The midfielder was brought on midway through the first half to replace striker Lasse Vibe, who had suffered a hamstring injury.
It's a position he has limited experience in and, for a time, the Brentford man looked like a midfielder trying to play as a striker.
However, after the break he led the line brilliantly and revealed after the game that Andreas Bjelland had asked him to try and be more of an outlet.
“It was different but the gaffer said to do what I did at Sheffield Wednesday and work hard without the ball,” Sawyers said.
“The gaffer said in the first half when I first went on that they were playing with a false nine and we'd do the same, which is my natural game to make sure Nico or someone is going ahead.
“Andreas said at half time that I know it's unnatural but can you try be our outlet.
“I was more conscious in the second half to keep the game stretched. It's trying to understand the role a bit more in case I'm called upon again.”
Sawyers was rewarded with a goal and an assist in the second half and he praised the togetherness in the camp for helping him adapt in an unfamiliar role.
He added: “It can be difficult when you've got 10 players behind you. Our togetherness makes it easier.
“I don't know if you can hear but there's constant talking from Nico and Kamo behind me. It makes it easier when people are on the same wavelength.”
Sawyers now has goals against QPR and Fulham and when asked which he preferred, his answer was emphatic.
He said: “QPR all day! Away from home; nothing better than an away win and it was my first for the club. That means a bit more but I'll take them against anybody.”
The win was the perfect tonic after a shocking collapse against QPR on Monday night that saw the Bees ship a two goal lead in stoppage time. However, their game management against Fulham was superb, holding onto the ball with confidence and style.
Sawyers reflected: “We analysed the game and came up with a plan about seeing out games. We've conceded late goals and it may be a lapse of concentration, or an official hasn't helped us out or myself on Monday where I should smash the guy.
“We've looked at the different types of goals and we've come up with a game plan and it worked today.”
When asked what he'd have done in hindsight on Monday night, Sawyers replied: “I'd have put him up in the air.
“That's not my first port of call but if I do what I try to do if it doesn't work it looks bad. I need to learn moving forward and take the safe option.”