Fulham striker Ross McCormack hopes the League Cup win over Brentford will kick-start their season after four consecutive Championship defeats.
McCormack, an £11m summer arrival from Leeds, scored his first goal for the club at Griffin Park.
"It has been disastrous," the 28-year-old told BBC London 94.9.
"We're four games in, have a completely new team and are trying to gel. Maybe a win away from home in a derby will give us belief we're good enough to go on."
Fulham, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, are bottom of the early Championship table after defeats against Ipswich, Millwall, Wolves and Derby.
"In every game we have played OK without creating any chances. That is why we were getting beaten," said the Scotland international.
"Against Brentford we probably did not play as well as we have done, in terms of possession of the ball, but we created more chances.
|Fulham's losing start to Championship life|
|Aug 9: 1-2 v Ipswich Town (A)|
|Aug 16: 0-1 v Millwall (H)|
|Aug 20: 0-1 Wolves (H)|
|Aug 25: 1-5 v Derby County (A)|
"It was good to be playing with that freedom, creating chances and affecting games. It is a good bit of belief now."
McCormack defended the young Fulham players who have been given games by manager Felix Magath following the departure of several senior squad members this summer.
"It is important that we get across to people who ask questions that these young boys are good enough," he said.
"They are not here because there is no-one else here. They have been promoted to the first-team squad because of their talent.
"It is about getting experience into these boys and getting them streetwise on the pitch in different situations. That will progress their careers no end."