Frank Lampard hit the first at Stamford Bridge against his former club - who remain rooted to the bottom of the table with just four games to play.
Florent Malouda added a late third as Chelsea sit on 67 points - six behind Manchester United.
Up and running: Fernando Torres scores his first goal in Chelsea colours
In a heap: Chelsea are euphoric fter Torres' strike
On the money: Frank Lampard unleashes an unstoppable drive to give Chelsea the lead against his former club
Nice one, son: Lampard receives the plaudits from his Chelsea team-mates
Calm down: Manuel Da Costa and Didier Drogba are separated by referee Phil Dowd
Rain men: Carlton Cole and John Terry do battle in the drizzle
Catch me if you can: Drogba skips away from Jonathan Spector
Power play: Branislav Ivanovic holds off the challenge of Thomas Hitzlsperger
Shunned again: Wayne Bridge refused to shake John Terry's hand once more prior to kick-off
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