Wolves appear better placed than ever for a Premier League berth after stretching their advantage over third-placed Reading to 10 points by beating Charlton 2-1.
The Coca-Cola Championship leaders were far from impressive in recording only their second win in nine home matches and they needed a scrambled late goal, initially credited to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and later confirmed as a Matt Holland own goal, to kill off relegation-haunted Charlton.
"Of course, it's a relief to win and it's a big help that Reading are still in their bad run," manager Mick McCarthy said.
"Hopefully, it will continue until the end of the season," he added. "I'm certainly not getting carried away, though. There are still seven games to go and you'll have to wait until May to see if I have a smile on my face."
The fortunate late goal left Charlton manager Phil Parkinson saying: "We have lost to two scrappy goals in a game we deserved something out of. We feel hard done by.
"We've played well here and need to carry on playing with a lot of pride, although our chances of staying up are slim.
"I was instrumental in taking (Wolves scorer) Chris Iwelumo to Colchester and then Charlton and he was our top scorer last season.
"To see him leave almost for a nominal fee, about Â£400,000, I believe, hurts because we have needed a striker like him who can score scruffy goals."
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