It is hard to overemphasise just how badly Tottenham needed a goal after limping to half-time against the Eagles. And, like he has done so many times before, Kane obliged - twice. It is challenging to find a new angle on the England captain, such has been his effortless brilliance for so long.
However, with so many of their Premier League rivals lacking a free-scoring number nine, this could be the season that the 'Kane factor' plays its most significant role in deciding where Spurs finish in the table.
The mop-topped Spaniard's start to life in north London has been rather underwhelming. Questions have been asked about his lack of physicality and his contribution to the Spurs' cause has been negligible in nearly 30 appearances prior to the Palace match.
Could this be the moment when the narrative shifts? Gil was better tonight. Much better in fact. He wriggled free of his marker several times early on and kept his mettle in the wake of a string of crunching challenges to play a decisive role after the interval. After being involved in Kane's first goal, he then provided the assist - his first in the Premier League -for the No.10's second. It was a beautiful, firmly hit pass into Kane's feet and a reminder of what Gil can bring to the table in the absence of Dejan Kulusevski.
Let's not beat about the bush. Son did not play well here. His first half consisted of sloppy passes and a bizarre sequence following a Spurs corner routine, which culminated in him dribbling the ball out of play. After this he missed an absolute sitter, firing a one-on-one straight at Vicente Guaita. Even his 'assist' did not paint him in the best light, as his blocked pass fortuitously fell into Matt Doherty's path.
But then, it came. The goal that seemed about as likely as pigs flying for the previous 71 minutes. As soon as the ball struck the back of the net Son exploded, in similar fashion to when he broke his previous seasonal goal drought against Leicester back in September, ripping off his protective mask and sprinting towards the travelling fans.
After the rest of his teammates returned to his half, Son lingered with the Spurs faithful a few moments longer, kissing the badge and showing his appreciation. It was the look of a man who had just had the weight of the world lifted off his shoulders and Tottenham will be hoping it signals the beginning of his 2022-23 renaissance.