Tony Pulis paid tribute to the way his Stoke side kept pushing forward with 10 men as we ran out 2-1 winners at the Britannia Stadium.
Eidur Gudjohnsen scored a fine opener just 20 seconds into the second half and Stoke were reduced to 10 men when Dean Whitehead picked up a second yellow card four minutes later.
We were on top at that point but didn't add to our 1-0 lead and the home side got a way back into the game when Benoit Assou-Ekotto was penalised for a foul on Dave Kitson and Matthew Etherington levelled from the penalty spot.
Ricardo Fuller then missed a golden chance before we took a foothold in the game again and scored a cracking winner when Gudjohnsen dummied for Niko Kranjcar to smash home.
Pulis said: "It was disappointing that within four minutes we had conceded a goal and had a player sent off. It's always an uphill battle from there but the lads kept going and created more chances."