Captain Troy Deeney did the damage as promotion-chasing Watford climbed to third in the English Championship with a battling 2-1 away win at Stoke.
The striker clinically smashed home from the penalty spot in the 64th minute after keeper Josef Bursik hauled down Joao Pedro.
Deeney then turned provider, setting through Ismaila Sarr to rifle home from an acute angle
Substitute Steven Fletcher pulled a goal back with seven minutes remaining, but Watford held on to secure a third win in seven days and leave Stoke with just one victory from their last 10 league matches.
Victory was also Watford’s first success at Stoke since October 2015 and only their third away league win of the season.
Deeney’s sixth goal of the season was his 139th for Watford, edging him closer to the all-time club record of 186 held by Luther Blissett.
Watford manager Xisco Munoz recalled Pedro and Nathaniel Chalobah for his side’s visit to the bet365 Stadium.
Relegated from the Premier League last season, Watford are eying a return to English soccer’s top flight and sit behind just Norwich City and Swansea on the ladder.