Late goals from Jon Walters and Rory Delap secured Stoke a 2-0 victory over Fulham at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters hit the post through Delap and saw their own crossbar rattled by John Arne Riise before Walters broke the deadlock in the 80th minute, diverting Matthew Etherington's effort home.
Delap then doubled their advantage seven minutes later, nodding in an Etherington free-kick.
Danny Murphy sent a free-kick wide of the target before a well-worked set-piece move by the hosts saw the ball fall to Andy Wilkinson, who put it into the side-netting.
Five minutes before the break Bobby Zamora nearly put Fulham in front with a header which was just wide.
Mark Schwarzer made a hash of dealing with a Delap delivery in the 64th minute, the Australian twice failing to claim the ball and the visitors eventually surviving thanks to a goal-line clearance as Peter Crouch tried to force it home.
It was proving an eventful time for Delap, who then sent a deflected drive crashing against the post.
For all their momentum, the hosts almost fell behind in the 78th minute as Riise's fiercely-struck free-kick crashed back off the bar.
But two minutes later Stoke grabbed the lead as Walters stabbed in Etherington's shot.
Delap then wrapped up the points as he rose to meet Etherington's free-kick and head it past Schwarzer.