Cauley Woodrow's first goal for Fulham and another in injury time from young substitute Chris David lifted home spirits on the final day of the season – and perhaps hinted that going down need not be the end of the world.
Two goals from Palace's Dwight Gayle took some of the gloss off the young guns' efforts but at least it allowed Whites fans to drift home with a smile on the face and with some hope of bouncing back quickly into the big time.
The efforts of both young Whites players was just the tonic Fulham fans needed heading into a summer, which for once will not be a mere interlude in their great Premier League adventure.
Cottagers manager Felix Magath said: “I was very glad Chris David scored in the last minute as it was a sign that we are hopeful for the future that young players can step up and play well.
“For me it was the first day of a new season. I was giving you a sign that we will change some things in the future.
“We won’t rely on older players. I will take care of our youth and will bring academy players into the team.”