There have been a few times this season when the Hibernian manager has been encouraged to look into a different career but his attention in the final moments at Rugby Park was fixed on Brian Colvin's watch; full-time bringing a tentative win and a heady sense of relief.
Indeed, Fenlon could not have seemed more anxious had he been watching the Countdown clock after coming up with a nine-letter word, as he awaited confirmation of his team's first victory of a previously unedifying the campaign, a 9-0 aggregate defeat by Malmo in a Europa League qualifier having been followed by three league games that netted just one point. There was little comfort from a supporters' meeting this week either, with chairman Rod Petrie offering the sort of public vote of confidence so often followed by a private conversation about severance pay.
Any conversation last night will have lingered more on a win over Kilmarnock - two goals from Liam Craig allowing Hibs to come from behind. The Edinburgh side were trailing when the midfielder struck two minutes into the second half; Rowan Vine, perhaps still more hirsute than hero, clipping in a cross which Craig nodded in at the back post. He used his head to score his second 10 minutes from time, too, recognising that he could get between Craig Samson and Darren Barr to reach a long punt and lift a shot over the Kilmarnock goalkeeper.
"To go in at half-time a goal down, I thought it was going to be one of those days again when it wouldn't turn for us but we showed great character," Fenlon said.
Kilmarnock showed how much they were missing one. In the absence of Kris Boyd's sharp instincts the Rugby Park side were unable to finish off some purposeful passing, even if Barry Nicholson applied an artful touch to steer a volley into the top-right corner from 25 yards after 22 minutes. The midfielder has only signed until January and it seems likely that he will use extensive witness testimony of his strike when asked to give evidence to secure an extension.
It gave Kilmarnock reason to be bold yesterday, too, and Sean Clohessy fizzed a pass across goal which Paul Heffernan could only deflect over, before Jeroen Tesselaar had an effort blocked on the edge of the penalty area.
The most brazen encouragements were conjured by Rabiu Ibrahim, though. The Nigerian has seemed adept at anonymity given his arrival at Sporting Lisbon, PSV Eindhoven and then Celtic had brought only fleeting first-team exposure, but at Rugby Park he has found greater currency. Midway through the first half, Ibrahim bamboozled Danny Handling and Lewis Stevenson using just his instep and he later delivered a delicate chipped pass for Mark Stewart to shoot.
Kilmarnock could see a winner. Then they saw Craig score his second, the Hibs midfielder lifting the ball over Samson but also the sheen from a hitherto promising performance from a home side still awaiting their first win of the campaign. "Once again we've let it slip when we've been in control of a game. We can't afford to give away goals as cheaply as we are," said Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston.