The on loan Villa striker scored on his first Brighton appearance, against his old side no less.
Villa Park boss Paul Lambert told the press that he was happy for Bent to go out on loan to get some game time, referencing the returning Christian Benteke and Joe Cole as attacking options for the struggling midland club.
And while Joe Cole was busy scoring in the game against Burnley, Villa's record signing got off the mark against the club he was on loan at last year.
Bent scored 6 times as the Londoners were relegated last season, and Fulham fans were quick to jump on the back of their former striker, whose fall from grace has seen him playing in England's second tier when he should be in his prime at the age of 30.
To begin with, it looked very much like it would be the on loan Aston Villa man who would get the better of the mocking away fans, after scoring in the second half and holding his hands up to his ears to the now silenced visiting support.
Fulham had the last laugh though, as Hugo Roddallega and Lasse Vigan Christensen turned the game around to earn the Cottagers all three points.
The defeat saw Sami Hyppia's side drop into the Championship bottom three, with Adrian Colunga dismissed at the death to make matter's worse for the Seagulls.
However, a crumb of comfort for Hyppia and his club's supporters was the instant performance of former England striker Bent, who if he can stay fit, may prove himself one of the best strikers in the division.