Substitute Darren Bent scored a vital goal for Fulham in what many saw as a must-win match against Stoke City.
With the Cottagers' manager Martin Jol under growing pressure following a string of poor results, another loss this afternoon could have been the tipping point; but Bent's 83rd-minute strike proved decisive.
It was a match with its fair share of controversy, with referee Roger East in the firing line for what were perceived to be a series of poor decisions. But Fulham will not be complaining, as the win takes them out of the relegation zone, at least until tomorrow when West Ham United travel to Tottenham.
In a match with few clear-cut chances, the two sides shared only five shots on target between them. As it was, a shot from Pajtim Kasami was deflected into Bent's path, and having turned expertly past Robert Huth, he rolled back the years to fire home.