Wolves boss Mick McCarthy promised an improvement from his struggling side over the remaining four games of the season after they were undone 3-0 by Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters have almost certainly secured their top-flight status for a fourth successive season thanks to goals from Kenwyne Jones, Ryan Shawcross and Jermaine Pennant.
But for a disappointing Wolves, it was their 13th defeat in 17 away league games and the prospect of relegation remains very real ahead of their remaining games against Birmingham, West Brom, Sunderland and Blackburn.
McCarthy said: "That's as poor as we have played here. They were better than us. They stopped us playing.
"It is a difficult time when you are in the bottom three and playing against a good side who have just got to Wembley.
"Playing for Premier League survival should be enough to motivate us. We will play better in the remaining four games."