Raul Jimenez underlined Wolves’ Champions League credentials after a gritty Premier League win over Bournemouth.
The striker’s 15th league goal of the season earned a 1-0 win and delivered another blow to the Cherries’ survival hopes.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves sent a warning to Chelsea and kept pace with Manchester United to record their second win of the top flight’s restart.
They remain sixth, level with United after their own win over Sheffield United, but closed the gap on fourth placed Chelsea to two points.
If Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competition is confirmed – the case is awaiting an outcome from the Court of Arbitration for Sport – then the team who finishes fifth this season will qualify for the Champions League.
Bournemouth can only dream of such heights with their five-year stay in the top flight looking increasingly under threat.
The Cherries are in the relegation zone on goal difference and face Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City in four of their next five games.
They began brightly enough but suffered a blow when Callum Wilson picked up his 10th yellow card of the season and he will now miss their next two games against Newcastle and Manchester United.
Wolves meanwhile are on the brink of reaching the Europa League quarter-finals this season and finally demonstrated their class to find the opener on the hour mark.
Matt Doherty fed Adama Traore and the winger put in a delicious cross for Jimenez to attack and head past Aaron Ramsdale.
Final score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 AFC Bournemouth