DAVE KITSON ended his long wait for a Stoke City goal in spectacular fashion to book his side a place in the third round of the Carling Cup.
The £5.5 million record signing fired home a 30-yard winner in extra-time after City had been frustrated by League One side Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.
For long periods, it didn't look as though it would be Kitson's night as he missed a number of good chances and saw a close range header deflected onto the underside of the bar as goalscoring chances fell evenly to both sides in the second round tie.
But then he produced a stunning long range drive to catch Orient's substitute goalkeeper Glenn Morris off his line and send City through to the next round.
Orient had their moments and Andros Townsend, a loan signing from Tottenham Hotspur, caused them particular problems down the left hand side.
But they overcame this tricky tie in the capital to ensure that their name goes into Saturday's third round draw on Sky Sports.
As expected, Tony Pulis made wholesale changes with Kitson the only survivor from Saturday's Premier League clash with Birmingham City in the line-up while youngster Ryan Shotton was handed his debut at right back.
City posed the early threat as Kitson saw a left foot volley deflected over the bar before he curled another effort just wide of the upright, but after showing that initial promise, it was the League One side who got on top.
Ryan Jarvis was instrumental in shifting the balance of play, making room for himself to fire a 25-yard drive over the bar and then setting up Townsend who forced a good save out of Steve Simonsen with a fierce shot.
Orient were forced into a substitution midway through the first half when goalkeeper Jamie Jones failed to recover from a knock and his replacement Glenn Morris was called into action soon after his introduction.
A neat link-up between Richard Cresswell and Tom Soares led to the City striker unleashing a powerful shot towards the far corner, but fortunately for the home side Morris was equal to it with a diving save to his right.
Morris was kept busy as he got down smartly to clutch a low drive from Kitson after he had held off a challenge from Ben Chorley.
Orient began the second half with a flourish and Adrian Patulea should have done better with a close range header at the far post after being picked out unmarked by a deep cross from the right sent over by Jimmy Smith.
The most notable moment of a largely uneventful start to the second half was a booking picked up by defender Leon Cort for a handling offence, his first yellow card since April 2004 stretching back more than 200 appearances.
City went close to breaking the deadlock from a corner swung in by Danny Pugh from the right, but first Kitson and then Michael Tonge had shots blocked by some desperate defending from the League One side.
A comedy of errors in the Orient defence gave City another corner and this time Kitson saw his close range header flicked onto the underside of the bar by JJ Melligan before the home side somehow scrambled it away.
That was the last clear-cut chance of the initial 90 minutes and when the tie went to extra-time, Orient should have gone in front immeditely as Cort's slip left Townsend with the goal at his mercy but he blazed his shot over.
City celebrated that let off by finally breaking the deadlock in the 94th minute as Kitson seized upon a loose ball and swivelled to unleash a 30-yard drive into the top corner.
The home side's response was to try and score from long range themselves but Simonsen reacted well to Jarvis' thunderbolt to tip it over the bar at full stretch and the resulting corner came to nothing.
City kept possession well in the second period of added time and Orient rarely threatened to take the tie to a penalty shoot-out.