Stoke boss Tony Pulis hailed his side`s resilience after they came from two goals down to beat Blackpool 4-3 in the Carling Cup.
The impressive Seasiders found themselves with a two-goal advantage after 47 minutes but Stoke stormed back with goals from Danny Higginbotham and substitutes Matthew Etherington and Ricardo Fuller.
Ben Burgess then hauled Blackpool level only for Andy Griffin to get the winner in stoppage time.
Stoke boss Pulis said: "We kept going and created loads of chances in the last 25 minutes.
"While the substitutes played a part the others who played a full 90 minutes, like Andy Griffin were smashing.
"I am very pleased for Andy, although Blackpool deserve credit as they played a lot of good football."