Manchester City must wait to annex the Premier League title after an unbelievable Paul Pogba-inspired fightback from two goals down saw their biggest rivals Manchester United earn a famous 3-2 win to ruin the Etihad Stadium's dream party on Saturday.
Spurs' persistence eventually paid off just after the interval, as they sliced through Stoke and Eriksen got the goal, but their lead lasted just five minutes, Mame Biram Diouf punishing a Hugo Lloris error.
Eriksen broke the deadlock in the second half before scoring direct from a free kick which appeared to just evade Harry Kane's head, preventing the Tottenham striker from claiming a 36th goal of the season and moving four behind league leading scorer Mohamed Salah.
Aside from an early Stoke chance, Spurs were on top for most of the first period, although clear-cut opportunities were by no means a regular occurrence.
In previous four meetings with Spurs, each of which it lost by a four-goal margin, Stoke folded after conceding first.
"It was my goal, it flicked off my shoulder and went in", Kane said.
"I told you in my press conference yesterday that it should be a more hard game than against Chelsea because to match the hunger and motivation of Stoke and play in a hard atmosphere is always tough".
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Alli sprung the Stoke offside trap and rather than pick out Kane, who had his back to goal, slid the ball into the path of Eriksen who, with Pieters trailing in his wake, crisply struck the ball past Butland.
Jonjo Shelvey put Newcastle ahead in the 18th minute with his first Premier League goal since November 2015. "Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer will clear that one up on Match Of The Day".
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino explained: "We're playing for three points, the same as against Chelsea".
And Eriksen added: "He celebrated like it was his goal so I will have to take his word for it". "Of course if Harry scored, and he feels he scored, it's fantastic for his confidence".
"We were excellent throughout the game up against a really good side", he said.
Stoke are in the relegation zone and four points from safety but manager Paul Lambert could not fault the effort of his players. "The effort and commitment I cannot ask more. Performance-wise, we don't look like a team in the bottom two that's for sure".
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