Two Palace centre-backs went head-to-head on the weekend but it was Peter Ramage who enjoyed the taste of victory as his Barnsley side inflicted a first defeat in five games on Paddy McCarthy's Sheffield United.
The Tykes won 1-0 at Bramall Lane in what was McCarthy's final game of his initial loan spell with the Blades, but Nigel Clough is hoping that he can persuade the defender to extend his stay after an impressive month with United.
Meanwhile Ramage's side collected a valuable victory after three games without success to move into the top half of the League One table.
In the Championship Glenn Murray managed to find the net for the second successive game but Reading slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers – their fifth loss from their last six away games. The striker scored a tap-in just before half-time to equalise for the Royals but a second-half collapse saw them fall to 15th position in the league.
That was the fifth goal of Murray's spell in Berkshire, making him the club's joint-top scorer this campaign.
Nottingham Forest's recent slump continued as they failed to win their eighth successive game as they were brushed aside 3-0 by Huddersfield Town, with Jack Hunt appearing from the bench to make his 16th appearance for Forest with half an hour to go and his side already three goals down.
Elsewhere in the division, Jonny Williams once again sat out Ipswich Town's 2-0 victory against Blackpool through injury, and Owen Garvan wasn't selected as ex-Eagle Cameron Jerome scored twice for Norwich City in their 2-1 win against the Trotters.
In League One Ryan Inniss was missing from the Yeovil Town side that drew 0-0 at Chesterfield, and Stephen Dobbie helped Fleetwood Town to a 1-0 victory against Gillingham, which leaves the Fishermen just four points outside the play-off places but the midfielder couldn't add to his four goals this season.
Dropping down to League Two, Jerome Binnom-Williams once again played all 90 minutes of Southend United's 2-1 away win against Mansfield Town to end a run of five games without a win and see Phil Brown's side move back into the top seven of the division.
There were also celebrations for Alex Wynter who returned to the right-back slot for Portsmouth having missed a couple of games with a groin strain, and he kept a clean sheet as Pompey ran out 3-0 winners against Carlisle United.
However Kwesi Appiah couldn't complete a hat-trick of League Two wins as his Cambridge United side lost 2-0 against Bury despite the striker playing the whole game.
In non-league action, Michael Chambers was an unused substitute in Welling United's 2-1 defeat to Barnet in the Conference, and David Gregory couldn't prevent Hemel Hempstead Town from picking up a 3-1 win against his Bishop's Stortford side in the Conference South.