Gareth McAuley headed a dramatic equaliser two minutes into stoppage time to rescue a point for West Brom at Craven Cottage.
The Baggies looked doomed to another defeat after Steve Sidwell’s 22nd-minute opener had Fulham 1-0 up with 90 minutes on the clock.
But McAuley thundered home a header from Chris Brunt’s corner for Albion’s first league goal of the season after more than six hours of action.
There were bright debuts for deadline-day signings Morgan Amalfitano and Victor Anichebe for Albion, who were unable to field Stephane Sessegnon after his work permit failed to arrive in time.
Fulham were the first side to threaten when Bryan Ruiz tried his luck from the edge of the box but his effort flashed wide.
Victor Anichebe then turned smartly just inside the Fulham area but saw his shot hit the foot of Brede Hangeland.
Jonas Olsson made an important interception to prevent Pajtim Kasani meeting a flick from Dimitar Berbatov before Chris Brunt let fly with a long-range shot that flashed just wide.
But the Baggies went behind on 22 minutes when they failed to deal with a corner from the left.
Gareth McAuley challenged Phillipe Senderos and the ball dropped for Sidwell, who volleyed home crisply as Boaz Myhill and Youssouf Mulumbu impeded each other on the line.
Albion pressed for an equaliser with lively debutant Morgan Amalfitano delivering two good crosses that Anichebe could not direct on target with his head.
And Chris Brunt then tried an ambitious shot from a free-kick 40 yards from goal after spotting keeper David Stockdale out of position, but the ball found the side netting.
Albion ended the first half well and Billy Jones had a header cleared from inside the six-yard box from Sascha Riether.
Berbatov, who had been denied a first-half ‘goal’ by an offside flag, suffered the same fate early in the second half.
And the Bulgarian was then denied by a smart low save from Myhill after a clever pass by Ruiz.
In between Berbatov’s efforts Stockdale had made a solid save low down to keep out a shot from Anichebe after a fabulous through-ball from Brunt.
Berbatov was back in the action midway through the half when he sent an acrobatic effort inches over the bar from a right-wing cross.
And Nicolas Anelka, who had another poor game for the Baggies, squandered a good chance when his touch let him down as he chased an Anichebe through-ball.
With the Baggies chasing an equaliser, Ruiz rattled Myhill’s crossbar with a thunderous shot from the edge of the box.
By Steve Madeley