Both managers were reportedly under pressure going in to the game and, with both club's respective owners in attendance.
Martin Jol will no doubt be the happier of the two managers after goals from Pajtim Kasami, Steve Sidwell, Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos, the first two of which were sumptuous volleys, gave the visitors a 4-1 win and a valuable three points.
Palace had led early on after Adrian Mariappa headed home his first goal for the club but, despite the first two Fulham goals coming from superb individual efforts, Eagles' boss Ian Holloway would have been disappointed to see the third and fourth conceded from set-pieces.
Much was made of Darren Bent's appearance in a Fulham shirt at Selhurst Park after he came close to joining Palace before opting on a loan move to the Cottagers, but it was Kasami and Sidwell who stole the limelight as both struck memorable volleys to turn the game on it's head.
The result lifts the visitors to 14th in the table but Palace remain next to bottom and four points from a position of safety.