Fulham boss Jean Tigana was delighted with his team's display at the Stadium of Light to cement an excellent start to the season which he is hoping will make European football a regular occurrence for the club.
"The target is to play in the European Cup next year also," he said. "We've started this year and next year also - that's the target.
"But I said that two years ago when I started. I said my target was to play in the European Cup because all my life, I've played in the European Cup. That is my passion."
Whether or not Tigana realises his dream remains to be seen, but if his team continues to blend their undeniable skill with an impressive work-rate, they will win more games than they lose.
"We had very, very good organisation and very good spirit, and this is not the first time," he said.
"Since the start of the season, we've worked very well and had good spirit as a team to come back against Middlesbrough and against Tottenham.
"It's most important for me to keep this spirit."