There was a suspicion in a fraught Easter Road yesterday that it was, instead, sucked in his direction by a huge sigh of relief from the Hibernian manager.
A smart shot from the edge of the area by Scott Robertson came 10 minutes from the end of a match that was auditioning as an obituary for the Irishman's existence as Hibs manager. It formed an equaliser that was barely deserved but was rapturously greeted by fans and manager.
It was Hibs' first goal of the season in five competitive matches. It saved Fenlon from a fifth consecutive defeat and an interrogation by the media that would have focused on the fragility of his employment in Leith.
A goal from Stuart Armstrong in the first half appeared more than enough to deny a blunt Hibs. But the dismissals of Kevin Thomson of Hibs and Gavin Gunning of Dundee United in the second period after they raised their hands to each other seemed to galvanise Hibs and the home side eventually made their point.
It was, however, hardly a convincing one, owing more to unrelenting effort rather than refined strategy. Fenlon knows he remains in the dock. The verdict from the Hibs fans at the end was one of not proven, rather than not guilty.
Fenlon admitted to a feeling of relief after his side weathered a dreadful first period to grab an equaliser in the second.
"The first half performance was very, very poor," he said. "I said to them at half-time, 'you have not shown any desire or passion to win the game'. We showed that after the sending-off."
It was enough to quieten criticism of the Hibs manager that had been loud and prolonged among fans, particularly in the first half.
A manager must accept he is in trouble when he makes an obviously valid decision and is booed as a consequence. Fenlon suffered this indignity after 39 minutes of a match where his team where taking silver medals all over the pitch.
The glint of quicksilver that is Gary Mackay-Steven had been causing Fraser Mullen on Hibs' right so much trouble that the full-back should have been taken into care by social services, never mind substituted by Fenlon.
Mullen, booked after nine minutes, and regularly confounded by the United winger, was replaced by Ryan McGivern with the reaction of the Hibs fans suggesting Fenlon was taking off Pele and bringing on Stan Laurel.
With victories as scarce as a good word from the stands, the manager is in the sort of position where the description perilous is an under-statement. His every decision is scrutinised, every mis-step on sideline and on pitch greeted with roars of frustration laced with anger.
Fenlon's team is labouring under him and, as ever, he is taking most of the blame. His culpability is obvious in some respects, less so in others. Thomson's wayward passing and petulant dismissal did him no credit while the front two, Rowan Vine and James Collins, were largely innocuous. But critics of Fenlon will point out he signed all three, paying £200,000 for Collins.
Hibs did not lack fight but were devoid of guile. The presence of Mackay-Steven only accentuated that deficiency and the United winger's speedy incursion led to opportunities that were scorned by David Goodwillie, an insubstantial presence yesterday, and John Rankin, who was denied by a lunge by Robertson, a player destined to add the role of hero to that of saviour.
These were merely the opening salvoes and the United opener was expected long before it came just before the half hour. A long ball from Calum Butcher found Armstrong and the midfielder controlled the ball before clipping it past Ben Williams.
United were comfortable, with Hibs restricted in the first half to a shot from Collins turned around the post by Radoslaw Cierzniak. However, the visitors could not add to their lead and seemed diminished when the excellent Paul Paton was withdrawn from midfield to the back four after the dismissal of Gunning.
Robertson's goal was preceded by Ryan Dow missing an excellent opportunity when put clear, with Williams blocking his shot. The majority of the chances had fallen to a United team who were superior in almost every department, though Danny Handling was excellent for Hibs in midfield.
Jackie McNamara, the United manager, thus reflected with justification that this was two points lost for his side. Fenlon might consider it one job preserved, at least for the moment.