Burnley on the other hand had won just once in 17 league games and the solid home form that sustained them earlier in the season had deserted Brian Law's side.
And the difference between the two showed early on, where Burnley too often looked edgy and rushed while Stoke played like a side under no pressure and completely at ease with their gameplan.
Abdoulaye Faye flicked Liam Lawrence's cross wide with his left foot after just three minutes to signal Stoke's intent.
And when Burnley did finally fashion an effort, Jack Cork tried to square his pass to Paterson when he should have gone it alone - and his short ball was cut out.
For Stoke, looking to win back-to-back away matches for the first time in the Premier League, the opening goal was to come from a tried and tested formula.
Delap's fourth attempt at a long throw yielded its usual devastating reward when Sidibe beat three Burnley defenders to flick the ball on towards the edge of the six-yard box.
Tuncay was quickest to react and powered his header past Brian Jensen for his fifth goal of the season.
Burnley should have levelled after 38 minutes, but when Chris Eagles found space and crossed to Paterson unmarked on the far post, the Northern Ireland striker scuffed his shot wide of the post.
However, the home side started the second half with a far higher tempo and were immediately rewarded.
Paterson, bright and full of endeavour throughout, crossed from the edge of the 18-yard box for Nugent to rise highest and score his sixth goal of the season with a strong header.
After the equaliser Burnley looked the better side and the Clarets had chances to secure the win which would have pulled them out of the relegation zone.
Eagles tested Thomas Sorensen with a long-range effort but the Danish keeper got across to make the save diving to his right.
And captain Graham Alexander shot wide as Burnley pressed for the winner.
With the home crowd urging their side on, the chances, albeit never clear-cut, came primarily for Burnley but substitute Kevin McDonald's cross-cum-shot looped agonisingly wide of Sorensen's right post.
Burnley manager Brian Laws:
"Everyone expects Burnley not to be in the Premier League next year but we believe it. We have goals in us. We just have to keep it tight at the back.
"I will take a lot of things out of the game particularly the second half performance. They bullied us in the first half.
"The players could have felt sorry for themselves but responded magnificently.
"Nugent's goal was terrific, it was great ball in by Paterson. It set the tone and I am disappointed we didn't go on and win the game."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis:
"We've had a lot of games lately against the bigger clubs and it takes a bit out of you. I thought we started the second half really flat.
"Give Burnley credit they had a right go and had the crowd behind them. We were down to the bare bones.
"We are still wearing nappies when the comes to the Premiership and we won't take any team lightly, certainly not a team near the foot of the league.
"We are desperate to get 40 points, that's our target."
90:00+3:20 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+2:49 Shot from outside the box by Matthew Etherington misses to the left of the goal.
90:00+2:11 Martin Paterson sends in a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.
90:00+0:19 Effort from the edge of the box by Kevin McDonald goes wide of the left-hand upright.
89:57 Dave Kitson crosses the ball, save made by Brian Jensen.
89:09 Effort on goal by Chris Eagles from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
87:45 Danny Pugh fouled by Tyrone Mears, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Etherington
from left wing, Leon Cort makes a clearance.
87:03 Free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
87:03 Booking Caution for Kevin McDonald.
86:58 Kevin McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory Delap.
85:02 Martin Paterson is caught offside. Thomas Sorensen takes the indirect free kick.
84:31 Substitution Tuncay Sanli goes off and Louis Moult comes on.
83:24 Unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Graham Alexander results in a free kick. Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
83:06 Dave Kitson takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
82:54 Centre by Matthew Etherington, Tyrone Mears makes a clearance.
80:52 Tyrone Mears challenges Matthew Etherington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Collins crosses the ball from the free
kick left-footed from left wing, Leon Cort manages to make a clearance.
78:12 Rory Delap crosses the ball, David Nugent makes a clearance.
76:12 Danny Collins takes the free kick.
76:12 Substitution Stephen Jordan comes on in place of Daniel Fox.
76:12 Kevin McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dave Kitson.
75:12 Rory Delap challenges Wade Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Fox from right
74:26 The official flags Tuncay Sanli offside. Brian Jensen takes the indirect free kick.
73:43 Effort from outside the penalty box by Graham Alexander goes wide right of the target.
72:11 Foul by Abdoulaye Faye on Leon Cort, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
71:04 Chris Eagles has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
69:57 Direct free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.
69:57 Substitution Wade Elliott on for Steven Thompson.
69:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clarke Carlisle by Dave Kitson.
69:33 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
68:19 Tuncay Sanli crosses the ball, Daniel Fox manages to make a clearance.
65:23 The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington.
64:28 Steven Thompson sends in a cross.
62:09 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Dave Kitson coming on for Mamady Sidibe.
62:09 Substitution Danny Pugh is brought on as a substitute for Liam Lawrence.
61:19 The ball is swung over by Martin Paterson, clearance made by Danny Collins.
60:19 The assistant referee signals for offside against Tuncay Sanli. Leon Cort restarts play with the free kick.
57:48 Liam Lawrence takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Abdoulaye Faye produces a right-footed
shot from close range that goes over the bar.
57:16 The ball is delivered by Daniel Fox.
56:52 Liam Lawrence takes a shot. David Nugent gets a block in.
55:48 Daniel Fox concedes a free kick for a foul on Mamady Sidibe. Matthew Etherington takes the free kick.
55:33 Martin Paterson produces a cross, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.
55:24 Martin Paterson sends in a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.
53:59 The official flags Abdoulaye Faye offside. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
53:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Paterson on Tuncay Sanli. Liam Lawrence crosses the ball in from the free kick, Graham
Alexander manages to make a clearance.
51:06 Assist on the goal came from Martin Paterson.
51:06 GOAL - David Nugent:Burnley 1 - 1 Stoke David Nugent finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Burnley 1-1 Stoke.
48:46 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
47:50 Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
47:50 Booking Clarke Carlisle booked for unsporting behaviour.
47:45 Unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Clarke Carlisle results in a free kick.
46:19 The ball is delivered by Mamady Sidibe, clearance made by Tyrone Mears.
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:01 Substitution Jack Cork leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin McDonald.
45:00+1:21 The referee calls an end to the first half.
45:00+0:53 Steven Thompson challenges Abdoulaye Faye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free
45:00+0:29 The referee blows for offside against Tuncay Sanli. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
42:39 The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, Leon Cort makes a clearance.
Correction - 38:53 The ball is delivered by Dean Whitehead, Brian Jensen makes a save.
38:53 The ball is delivered by Dean Whitehead, save by Brian Jensen.
37:43 Centre by Chris Eagles, Martin Paterson produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
36:41 Centre by Andy Wilkinson.
33:02 Daniel Fox takes a short corner.
32:56 The ball is sent over by Chris Eagles, Andy Wilkinson gets a block in.
30:35 Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jack Cork.
30:30 Rory Delap produces a cross, Graham Alexander gets a block in.
29:51 Liam Lawrence takes the inswinging corner, Steven Thompson manages to make a clearance.
27:00 Tuncay Sanli has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
24:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Delap on Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
22:43 Assist by Mamady Sidibe.
22:43 GOAL - Tuncay Sanli:Burnley 0 - 1 Stoke Tuncay Sanli scores a headed goal from close in. Burnley 0-1 Stoke.
20:58 Centre by Danny Collins, Headed effort from inside the box by Robert Huth misses to the right of the target.
19:58 Unfair challenge on Jack Cork by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick. Clarke Carlisle restarts play with the free kick.
19:46 A cross is delivered by Daniel Fox, save by Thomas Sorensen.
19:23 Daniel Fox decides to take a short corner.
19:10 The ball is crossed by Chris Eagles, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
17:28 Corner taken by Daniel Fox played to the near post, Dean Whitehead makes a clearance.
17:05 Daniel Fox takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
16:40 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Fox, clearance made by Mamady Sidibe.
16:34 Martin Paterson produces a cross, blocked by Danny Collins.
15:43 Unfair challenge on David Nugent by Tuncay Sanli results in a free kick. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
14:12 Chris Eagles takes a shot.
13:19 Abdoulaye Faye challenges Jack Cork unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Chris Eagles.
12:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Cork on Dean Whitehead. Robert Huth restarts play with the free kick.
11:42 Foul by Rory Delap on Steven Thompson, free kick awarded. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
8:46 Unfair challenge on Tyrone Mears by Matthew Etherington results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by
Daniel Fox from right wing, clearance by Danny Collins.
5:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by Graham Alexander. Free kick crossed by Matthew Etherington, Abdoulaye
Faye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clarke Carlisle. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
5:22 A cross is delivered by Martin Paterson, clearance by Liam Lawrence.
2:37 Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Shot by Abdoulaye Faye from deep inside the penalty area
misses to the left of the goal.
0:49 Chris Eagles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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