Stoke manager Tony Pulis still does not accept his side are safe from relegation from the Barclays Premier League despite the 1-0 victory over Blackburn lifting them to 39 points.
The Potters, in their maiden Premier League season, are now 11th - eight points clear of the drop zone and only six points outside the last qualification spot for Europe.
However, Pulis will not allow his players to ease up and said: "It is an enormous win against a team that is down there and scrapping for their lives. I'm just very pleased we have come away with the three points. But I still think you have to get into the 40s because teams can go on a run."
He added: "Fulham and Bolton did it last year when they picked up a lot of points coming to the end of the season so we will be desperately keen to go to Fulham next Saturday trying to get that elusive point or three points."
A rare moment of quality in a game of hustle and bustle saw Liam Lawrence display a cool head to clinch victory 15 minutes from time.
Danny Higginbotham's deep cross from the left was flicked on by James Beattie but there was still a lot to do when the ball reached Lawrence.
He took a touch, turned inside full-back Gael Givet and drilled a fierce shot into the near post which Paul Robinson got a hand to but could not keep out.
It was only Lawrence's second of the season, his first coming on August 23.
"Liam had a great shot just beforehand which Robinson made a great save from so it is about time Liam actually popped up with a goal," added Pulis.
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