It was almost another woeful day for Chelsea, who had not won a match in their last three tries in all competitions prior to Saturday.
Yet, of all people, Ashley Cole came to the rescue in the 85th minute to finally break the deadlock and hand the Blues the three points that they needed.
In a game like this, fans often draw their own varied conclusions from the action. Why were Chelsea so impotent for the first 85 minutes? Is a tactical rethink needed to spice things up in attack? Shouldn't Chelsea have an easier time of beating an average side like Stoke?
These are all valid concerns, but let's whittle them down to six things we learned from Chelsea's late win.