Ryan Shawcross' 84th-minute header earned Stoke a 1-0 victory at home to Middlesbrough and provided a huge boost to their Barclays Premier League relegation battle.
The defender escaped his marker to deflect Rory Delap's long throw into the far corner of the net.
Stoke had carved out the best of few chances created, and the result increased the pressure on Boro.
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