Yet as Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf put Stoke 2-0 up by the hour mark, West Ham were in danger of sinking to a disappointing defeat.
Without the goals of Diafra Sakho, West Ham failed to even muster a shot on target in the first half, but when Enner Valencia pulled one back, Hammers fans could sense a turnaround.
Valencia head home a cross from Stewart Downing, and it was Downing who pulled West Ham level with a fine right footed striker from the edge of the box.
Former Liverpool flop Downing has been exceptional this season, and his improvement was demonstrated once again today with his influential play in the final half an hour.
Those performances have led to rave reviews from West Ham fans, and today was no different, with supporters taking to Twitter to praise the midfielder.
Some suggested that Downing deserves an England recall, whilst he was even labelled a genius too. Here are some of the reactions from West Ham fans on Twitter to Downing's display.
A great comeback from 2-0 down, happy with 2-2 Enner Valencia and Stewart Downing are immense #COYI— dan fleming (@danfCOYI) November 1, 2014
Downing stepped up today when it was massively needed. He really has been fantastic this season! #COYI— Adam Moore (@mooro_skipbear) November 1, 2014
@whufc_official Stewart Downing is a genius atm, I wanna give him a manhug!— Bosse Larsson (@BosseDan) November 1, 2014