Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic believes Tom Cairney has the ability to play in the Premier League after his late winner consigned his former club Blackburn to a 1-0 defeat.
Cairney, who left Ewood Park last summer, had the last laugh when he lit up a game heading towards a stalemate with calm passing and a clinical finish in the fourth minute of injury time.
Neither side did enough to win the game, though the game's outstanding performer, Fulham debutant Neeskens Kebano, and Rovers' Danny Graham both went close.
But Fulham showed a resilience and organisation seldom there last season which gave them a platform to grab the late winner to register their first win at Ewood Park since 2005, which lifts them to second in the Sky Bet Championship.
Jokanovic spoke of the value of Cairney, who he believes can make the transition to the Premier League.
He said: "They're some very strong words but Tom Cairney can be a Premier League player. His quality, he's clinical.
"He's a player who doesn't lose passes. He normally completes around 90%. We know him, he played for this club though I'm not sure what style he played.
"But he's a very important part of our squad and I like this player."
It means the Cottagers have now gone five unbeaten in the league and are yet to taste defeat in any competitive game this season.
Significantly, it is a first clean sheet against Blackburn since 2009 - another aspect of the performance that Jokanovic was happy with.
He added: "We are very happy with the end of the game. Generally, I think my team played a very good football game.
"We tried to find pace with the ball. We moved Blackburn from one side to the other side. We tried to dominate the game and I have to be happy and satisfied with what my team offered during the game.
"The very good news for us is last season we had many defensive problems, now we have won 1-0, we have a clean sheet."