Tony Pulis' intervention at half-time was key to Stoke's comeback in their 2-1 win over Aston Villa, according to assistant manager Dave Kemp.
The Potters boss missed the first half after travelling to Wales following the death of his mother earlier in the day.
"He was in the dressing room for the half-time team-talk and he took the paint off the walls," said Kemp.
Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald also paid tribute to Pulis, describing him as "a wonderful man".
Pulis made the journey back from Newport after spending time with his family and was greeted by a tremendous ovation from the home fans as he appeared on the sidelines after the break.
Villa had held a 1-0 lead at half-time through a goal from Stewart Downing, but were overturned in dramatic style through Kenwyne Jones's 80th-minute header and Robert Huth's close-range finish in injury-time.
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