Tom Cairney marked his return after a 10-month absence with the goal that set Fulham on course for a 2-0 home win against Cardiff City.
Cairney was introduced as a half-time substitute for his first appearance since December and he took just 12 minutes to fire the Cottagers in front.
Aleksandar Mitrovic added the second in the 63rd minute – his 13th league goal of the season – as Marco Silva’s side moved up to second in the Championship.
In Tuesday night’s action, Jake Cooper struck in stoppage time as Millwall beat 10-man Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane.
Jed Wallace had given the Lions the lead in the 11th minute, but a penalty from Billy Sharp had the Blades level on the stroke of half-time.
Blades midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White was then dismissed for a second caution in the 54th minute.
And just as time seemed up, with two minutes of the additional six played, Cooper fired in a 20-yard effort to snatch all three points.
Meanwhile, QPR are up to fifth after a late goal from Ilias Chair secured a 1-0 win over Blackburn at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, Chair broke the deadlock with a fine goal with seven minutes remaining, collecting Rob Dickie’s clever pass and bending a shot beyond Rovers keeper Thomas Kaminski.
The result was a much-needed boost for the Hoops following a 4-1 loss at West London neighbours Fulham on Saturday and a difficult recent spell in which they had won just two of their previous seven league games.
In League One, Aaron Pressley’s fifth-minute penalty gave AFC Wimbledon a 1-0 win at Lincoln City.
The forward’s strike brought an end to three straight away defeats as the Dons followed up Saturday’s dramatic draw against Sheffield Wednesday with a deserved victory in front of a vocal away support of 369 travelling fans.
However, there was more misery for Charlton Athletic as they lost 3-2 to Accrington Stanley at The Valley.
Harry Pell’s free-kick got the visitors off to the perfect start and although David Morgan’s own goal levelled it up before the break, Pell’s second and a 66th-minute Ethan Hamilton strike put the game out of sight.
Jayden Stockley’s effort 12 minutes from time was scant consolation for the Addicks, who remain rooted in the bottom four.
In League Two, Leyton Orient came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with leaders Forest Green Rovers at Brisbane Road.
Matt Stevens headed Forest Green in front midway during the second half before Ruel Sotiriou equalised with 14 minutes left.
And finally, Sutton United’s stunning four-match league winning streak came to a frustrating end with a 2-1 defeat at home to Swindon Town.
First-half strikes from Louis Reed and Jonny Williams did the damage at Gander Green Lane with Harry Beautyman halving the deficit with a penalty six minutes before the break.