Tony Pulis watched from the stands as his new club Crystal Palace snatched just a second win of the season with a 1-0 triumph at Hull, breathing new life into their relegation battle.
Caretaker boss Keith Millen, who will hand over the baton to Pulis, signed off his stint with a 1-0 victory, secured when Barry Bannan converted Cameron Jerome's cut back in the 81st minute.
By then Palace were down to 10-men and seemingly hanging on to a point after Yannick Bolasie was harshly dismissed for a lunge at Jake Livermore.
They were almost pegged back in the dying seconds when Livermore saw his effort bundled off the line and Liam Rosenior clattered a post from 25 yards, but Pulis will now take the hot seat with a spring in his step.
Prior to that late drama it was a grim and forgettable outing at the KC Stadium, as notable for the home fans' protests against the proposed renaming of the club as anything that occurred on the field.
Owner Assem Allam looks set to proceed with plans to rebrand the side as Hull Tigers, but there was nothing for the locals to roar about as they turned in arguably their limpest display of the season.