Paulinho gives thanks on this Easter weekend after putting Spurs one-nil up.
With a World Cup on home soil this summer, Paulinho will naturally want to head into the tournament with some momentum.
As his first season in England comes to a close, the Brazil international is in the process of recapturing some of the form that marked his earlier showings for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013-14.
Against Fulham, Paulinho started his third game in a row, and he put in what was probably his best performance since an eye-catching display versus Stoke City in December.
The central midfielder's goal—his seventh of the season—was a tap-in made even easier by being completely unmarked.
His second most-notable contribution came when he ran halfway up the field to chase Brede Hangeland down in Fulham's right-hand corner. Robbing the dithering Norweigian, Paulinho's pass found its way to Christian Eriksen whose cross reached Aaron Lennon, with the winger's subsequent volley forcing a good save from David Stockdale.
Paulinho was outfought later in the half by Steve Sidwell in the run-up to Fulham's equaliser—serving a reminder of the more relaxed air that can tarnish his game.
His general effort and the overall quality of his work, though, was as encouraging as has been seen from him in 2014.
As tallied by Squawka, Paulinho won five of his eight attempted tackles, made three interceptions and three clearances too. The occurrence of the former two statistics occurred all over the pitch, testament to his desire to stop and dispossess Fulham wherever he could.
Paulinho's partnership with Nacer Chadli—also deployed for a third consecutive match—is unlikely to be a long-term option for Spurs—if much longer at all, after the latter was withdrawn on the 67th minute. Individually, though, the Brazilian is again beginning to embrace the better aspects of his character as a footballer.
"I thought Paulinho was excellent," his manager Tim Sherwood told Spurs' official Twitter page. "He won the ball back for us a lot and defensively, did the job I asked him to do."
Sherwood's assessment may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it was definitely better from the Brazilian.