Emile Heskey's late goal enabled new Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier to emerge triumphant from his first Barclays Premier League match in charge of the midlands club at Wolves with a 2-1 win.
The England striker celebrated his first league start for six months by heading home an 87th-minute cross from Stephen Warnock.
Matt Jarvis' first goal of the campaign looked to have rescued Wolves a point after Stewart Downing's close range effort separated the sides at half-time.
Villa were the better side in the first half with Ashley Young impressing in his role just behind the revitalised Heskey. Nigel Reo-Coker was dominant in midfield while Carlos Cuellar made a series of crucial interceptions when Wolves did threaten.
But Wolves were a revitalised force in the second 45 minutes with Brad Friedel the busier of the two goalkeepers.
Jarvis was at the heart of their most threatening moments while David Jones impressed in the centre of the park before Heskey denied them a point.