Frank Lampard scored a last-gasp winner as Chelsea secured a first win in five matches with a gutsy and much-improved display against Wolves at Molineux.
Bolton slipped to the bottom of the Premier League as 2011 ends despite picking up a first draw at home this season against Wolves.
Arsenal dropped two points as they were held to a draw by Wolves, who played the last 16 minutes with 10 men.
Wolves twice came from behind to salvage a draw against Norwich and edge two points clear of the relegation zone.
Peter Crouch completed a fine Stoke turnaround as Wolves's relegation fears increased after blowing the lead.
Wayne Rooney and Nani both scored twice as Manchester United gave the perfect response to their Champions League exit with a commanding win over Wolves.
Steven Fletcher's second-half double ruined new Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill's first look at his team.
Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas with a comfortable win against Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
Leighton Baines's late penalty gave Everton their second league win at home this season at the expense of Wolves.
Wolves ended a run of eight games without victory with a crucial win over fellow strugglers Wigan.
Manchester City survived a nervy 14 minutes playing with 10 men to successfully protect their five-point lead at the top of the table.
Manchester City reach the last eight of the Carling Cup after their lethal attack helps them to a 5-2 win at Wolves.
Wolves staged a stunning late fightback to hold Swansea City to a draw and ease the pressure on manager Mick McCarthy.
West Bromwich Albion edged a captivating derby against Wolves to secure a first home win this season and move out of the relegation zone.
Newcastle made their best start to a season in 17 years with victory over Wolves at Molineux.
Liverpool resisted a second-half fightback from Wolves to secure a hard-fought victory in the Premier League.
Wolves cruised into the fourth round of the Carling Cup with a convincing victory over Millwall at Molineux.
Early goals in quick succession from Joey Barton and Alejandro Faurlin and a late effort from DJ Campbell saw new-look QPR win comfortably at Molineux.
Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed a debut goal to set Tottenham on their way to a first league win this season at Wolves.
A disappointing Midlands derby finished goalless after a game of few clear chances at Villa Park.