Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to pick Wolves' pocket and give Bolton their first league win of the year.
Sturridge, making his debut on loan from Chelsea, seized on an horrendous back pass from Ronald Zubar to beat Wayne Hennessey in injury time.
New hero: Daniel Sturridge (centre) wheels away after slotting the winning goal past Jussi Jaaskelainen
Match factsBOLTON (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen 6; Ricketts 7, Cahill 6, Knight 5, Robinson 6; Lee 7 (Moreno 67, 7), M Davies 6, Holden 6, Taylor 6 (Sturridge 67, 6); Elmander 7, K Davies 6 (Muamba 90).Subs not used: Bogdan, Wheater, Petrov, Klasnic.Booked: Robinson.
WOLVES (4-5-1): Hennessey 7; Zubar 5, Stearman 6, Berra 5, Elokobi 5; Jarvis 6 (Ward 75, 5), Jones 6, Henry 6, Edwards 6 (O'Hara 75, 6), Hammill 7 (Ebanks-Blake 89); Doyle 6.Subs not used: Hahnemann, Craddock, Milijas, Fletcher.Booked: Stearman, Zubar, Henry.
Man of the match: Chung-Yong Lee.
Referee: Peter Walton 7.
It was a welcome result for Boltonmanager Owen Coyle, who was facing his sixth game without a win, butthe goal sent Wolves to the foot of the table.
Zubar, on the right touchline, was under no pressure when he inexplicably opted to play the ball square into the penalty area.
It was a moment of madness that Sturridge exploited with a clinical side-foot finish to the delight of Coyle, who said: 'It's always nice when you bring in a player who you believe will score goals and he pops up with one on his debut.
'But he brought more than that to the game. He was lively, he has a trick and composure, as we saw with his goal.
'To have that awareness as a strikeris not something that can be taught - it's just a natural instinct thatthere is going to be a mistake or the ball will drop around thesix-yard box.'
Bolton's recent slump - from sixthplace on Boxing Day to 11th at kick-off - was a result of claiming justone point from five games, which coincided with the absence ofChung-Yong Lee.
Croded out: Wolves' David Jones (centre) is shackled by Mark Davies (left) and Stuart Holden of Bolton
No way through: Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is brought crashing down by Gary Cahill
On his return from Asian Cup duty, theSouth Korea winger could have put his side ahead but sliced his effortwide from Johan Elmander's flick-on.
Lee set up Bolton's best chance of the opening period when he clipped the ball into the path of Matt Taylor, whose shot was kicked away by Hennessey.
Wolves should have been ahead after Bolton were caught napping. Kevin Doyle's lay-off on the halfway line was chipped over the top of the home defence by Adam Hammill and Matt Jarvis beat the offside trap, only to shank his shot in a one-on-one with Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Hammill, on his first Premier League start since a ?500,000 switch from Barnsley, claimed a penalty when he went down with Zat Knight but referee Peter Walton waved away the claim.
Bolton's promising start to the season had long faded and only when Kevin Davies, on his 400th Premier League appearance, muscled into the heart of the Wolves penalty area to tee up Elmander - whose drive was turned around a post by Hennessey - did they look like the combination who bullied Wolves in a 3-2 win at Molineux.
And when Elmander fluffed a late opportunity it appeared the miserable run would continue - until Sturridge consigned Wolves to their 15th defeat of the season.
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