The Bulgarian netted what proved to be the winner against his old club just before the hour at White Hart Lane yesterday, where a below-par Spurs slumped to a second successive Barclays Premier League defeat.
While Berbatov's strike - sweeping home a low cross from Sascha Riether following a swift counter attack - may have put the forward in the headlines and won post-match plaudits from his manager, it could have been so different but for a couple of brilliant late reaction saves from goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer to deny Spurs substitute Jermain Defoe.
Ruiz is in no doubt Fulham's hard work from front to back is all about collective effort as the Cottagers look to cement a top-10 finish
"People talk a lot about Berbatov, and we agree that he is a good player, but it is team work, and he also thinks about that," the Costa Rica forward said.
"He is doing good, but all the team is doing well, playing good from behind and that is one thing he cannot do on his own.
"It is great to play alongside him, but it is about team-work.
"We showed that against Tottenham when we defended very well, Berbatov's best quality is not to defend, so all the players did a great job and also used the qualities that Berbatov has."