Overdue home comforts for Latics
Goals from Antolin Alcaraz and Victor Moses earned Wigan their first Barclays Premier League win at the DW Stadium for seven months as they deservedly claimed a 2-0 win over Stoke to boost their survival hopes.
Not since Roberto Martinez's men beat QPR 2-0 in August had the Latics picked up three points at home while they also made it back-to-back wins for the first time all season following last weekend's victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
It had seemed like it would be another case of what might have been when Franco Di Santo and Jean Beausejour missed glorious chances in the first half but Alcaraz headed in emphatically in the 54th minute and Moses made sure in injury time.
The visitors had the first chance when Ryan Shawcross got his head to a Jermaine Pennant corner but Ali Al Habsi was alert.
And moments later a mistake from Andy Wilkinson let in Di Santo but the Argentinian never looked entirely confident, Asmir Begovic blocking.
Wigan continued to press and Begovic had to be alert to keep out Shaun Maloney, while Stoke had a rare opening but Jon Walters volleyed wide.
Wigan only had themselves to blame for failing to take the lead five minutes before the break when Moses sent a perfect cross along the six-yard line but Beausejour somehow produced an astonishing miss.
The Latics resumed their probing and in the 54th minute they found a moment of precision. Maloney played in Beausejour down the left and he made up for his horror miss with a lovely cross to pick out defender Alcaraz.
Beausejour certainly had not worn his shooting boots and another golden chance went begging in the 72nd minute. The winger was inexplicably left completely unmarked at the back post when Ben Watson swung over a free-kick but again he scuffed his shot and Begovic saved easily.
The hosts made sure of the points in injury time when Wilkinson was robbed by Moses who did the rest.