Fulham boss Martin Jol admits the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov has lifted the club after last summer's departures.
Their departures followed the exits of Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy.
Jol said: “After Dempsey and Dembele left, everyone here was in denial and suffering depression, and we needed three days to get out of it. I was worried about the future. But then Berbatov began to show what a great capture he has been and how much he has influenced the side.
“He has shown his quality and helped us settle.”