The Swans appeared down and out at the Britannia Stadium after Ibrahim Afellay and Bojan Krkic put the hosts firmly in control and it was nothing short of what Stoke deserved.
The visitors had to change things up as they were being dominated and were heading for a defeat, therefore the more attacking Jefferson Montero was brought on for Leon Britton in a bold move by Swansea.
And the decision immediately paid dividends, first with Gylfi Sigurdsson firing in seven minutes after Montero’s introduction and Alberto Paloschi later finding the equaliser ten minutes from time.
Higginbotham, co-commentating for Sky Sports, felt the winger’s introduction made all the difference.
Montero, 26, hasn’t exactly been all too consistent this season having only featured 18 times in the Premier League, yet his pace and directness caused Stoke plenty of problems and earned his side a point.
The draw maintains Swansea’s decent run of form and leaves them level with Watford on 37 points.
It has been some turnaround from the Welsh side following the dismissal of boss Gary Monk, and while not mathematically safe their current tally may already be enough to keep the club up.
Swansea have some tough games against Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City, West Ham United and Manchester City remaining but confidence is high and the ability is there.