Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman hailed striker Glenn Murray following his brace, while Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones blamed the referee.
The former Brighton striker struck after just 29 seconds and then fired the winner seven minutes from time to earn a 2-1 victory for Palace.
The result saw Palace move off the foot of the Championship, and Freedman was quick to praise Murray.
"He was fantastic today," he said. "I feel very strongly on Glenn Murray because I was the one who brought him to the club and he put in some incredible work for the team.
"I believe we will get better and stronger but we showed some real character to win the game."
Wednesday manager Jones, though, blamed the referee for his side's defeat.
"It's unbelievable - the referee turned the whole game," he lamented. "I thought he was poor.
"You can say he got it right in the end but he whipped up a frenzy with the fans and after that every challenge we made seemed to go against us.
"They're big decisions and he changed the whole complexion of the game. It's a difficult place to come without them giving them a helping hand along the way.
"We probably didn't do enough to win the game but we certainly didn't deserve to lose it."