It was ugly, scrappy and lucky, but Chelsea will not care one jot as they ended their worst Barclays Premier League run for more than a decade by beating Bolton 1-0.
Bolton were typically combative and John Terry needed to produce a desperate challenge to prevent Kevin Davies being in on goal in the opening stages, while Matthew Taylor drilled wide after latching onto the recalled Jose Bosingwa's attempted clearance.
Taylor sent a sweet left-foot curler narrowly over as Bolton continued to look the more threatening and there was more bad news for the home side when Didier Drogba began limping.
The Blues looked no better in the opening four minutes of the second half until, out of nowhere, Frank Lampard produced a wonderful defence-splitting pass for Drogba, whose finish hit the inside of the far post and was cleared to safety.
And the decisive moment came in the 61st minute when Michael Essien released Drogba down the right and the striker squared for Florent Malouda to tap home his first league goal since October.