Fulham manager Martin Jol hailed his side's 'big win' over Stoke and praised debutant Pavel Pogrebnyak.
The Russian striker broke the deadlock in the first half at Craven Cottage before an own goal from Thomas Sorensen gave Fulham breathing space.
Ryan Shawcross gave the visitors hope after heading in Jermaine Pennant's corner but Fulham held on to earn an important three points.
Jol said: "The first half we played in a style I wanted to play and we scored two very good goals in the first half-hour.
"In the second half they pressed us and we couldn't play our football anymore.
"I've got to say it's an unbelievable style you have to play against and we stood up to the challenge.
"It's always difficult against a team like Stoke. This is a big win for us."
Progrebnyak was a deadline-day arrival from Stuttgart and he joined the West London club until the end of the season.
Jol was impressed with his debut and admitted the striker adapted well in his first Premier League match.
"For me it was very good that we had someone lined up to come on loan," he said.
"In the first 10 minutes he realised it was a different league and after that he did well."