Kevin Nolan scored twice to briefly move 10-man West Ham out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Swansea City.
The West Ham captain's first-half double earned the points for Sam Allardyce's side, who played the final half an hour with a numerical disadvantage after Andy Carroll marked his first home top-flight start of the season with a straight red card following a challenge with Chico Flores.
Carroll assisted both of Nolan's goals with typically adept knock-downs, but his game was cut short when referee Howard Webb dismissed the striker after an aerial challenge with Flores resulted in his flailing arm clipping the Spaniard's head.
However, despite that setback, West Ham stood firm in the face of continued Swansea pressure to record just their third Premier League win of the season at Upton Park and go above Stoke City on goal difference ahead of their match against Manchester United.
Both clubs were active in the January transfer window, but all three new signings named in their squads on Saturday started on the bench.
Italian duo Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino were among West Ham's substitutes, while Swansea manager Michael Laudrup kept David N'Gog in reserve.
The hosts started the brighter, and had the first chance of the game when Carroll headed Matt Jarvis' cross wide after six minutes.
Allardyce's men continued probing, and deservedly took the lead through Nolan's well-taken 27th-minute strike.
The skipper still had plenty to do after the unmarked Carroll nodded down Matt Taylor's delivery, but he took a touch before expertly volleying home from just inside the area with his left foot.
Swansea responded well to going behind, but failed to test home keeper Adrian and were made to pay on the stroke of half-time as West Ham's tried-and-trusted method of Nolan feeding off Carroll's knock-downs bore fruit once again.
More lacklustre marking from Swansea was punished, as they again failed to pick up Carroll, who nodded Stewart Downing’s corner back across goal for Nolan to divert a close-range header beyond the helpless Gerhard Tremmel.
The home side picked up where they left off after the interval, and Jarvis rounded Tremmel before seeing his cross hacked clear by Ben Davies.
However, the pattern of the game was turned on its head when Webb had no hesitation in dismissing England international Carroll for his part in the seemingly innocuous incident with Flores.
Inevitably, Swansea then began controlling the game but struggled to force Adrian into action as West Ham dropped deeper.
But despite their territorial dominance, Laudrup's side - who are now winless in six league games away from home - were impotent in attack, with Wilfried Bony spurning their only real chance by volleying over the bar 10 minutes from time.
West Ham, who introduced Nocerino for match-winner Nolan in the closing stages, were able to hold on relatively comfortably to record their 11th Premier League clean sheet of the campaign - the most shutouts in the division.
|4||K. Nolan||26' 45+1'|
|Coach: S. Allardyce|
for M. Jarvis 66'
for M. Taylor 79'
for K. Nolan 87'
|Heaton commits to Burnley|
|Bowyer: Rhodes and Gestede will not come cheap|
|Burton and Day depart West Brom|
|Mendilibar makes Eibar return|
|Milan agree to terminate Muntari contract|
|Copa final a dream come true for Sampaoli|
|CSKA Sofia demoted due to financial crisis|
|Wolfsburg warn off De Bruyne suitors|
|Kone: I want to prove I can cut it at Everton|
|West Ham v Lusitans: Bilic set for first game in charge|
|Millennium Stadium to host 2017 UEFA Champions League final|
|Ronaldo a ´possibility´ for Portugal´s Olympics squad|
|Liverpool should get rid of Sterling - Grobbelaar|
|Miranda arrives for Inter medical|
|Arsenal can challenge the best - Cech|
|Real star Bale can be better than Ronaldo, says Keegan|
|UEFA approves changes to FFP rules|
|Honduras v Mexico: Moreno´s injury may force Mexican rethink pre-Gold Cup|
|Hiddink was the wrong man for Netherlands - De Boer|
|Vargas: I was scoring with every shot at training|
|Zambrano red rocked Peru - Gareca|
|Paraguay to change tack against Argentina|
|Sampaoli thrilled with substitutes´ influence, applauds Peru|
|Martino rues Copa America date with former side Paraguay|
|Former Birmingham City player Thwaites among Tunisia victims|
|Chile 2 Peru 1: Zambrano´s red card helps hosts into Copa final|
|Thiago Silva: ´I didn´t even know the ball had hit my hand´|
|Ronaldinho set to sign for Antalyaspor|
|Jara ban reduced on appeal by one match|
|Hiddink leaves Netherlands post|
|Cresswell pens new five-year deal at West Ham|
|Koeman: No serious United bid for Schneiderlin|
|Barbados eliminated from World Cup qualifying after fielding ineligible player|
|Former Catania president admits buying matches|
|Jones agrees Manchester United deal|
|Argentina v Paraguay: Valdez hoping not to need another comeback|
|Milan seal Bertolacci signing|
|Cech grateful to Abramovich and Chelsea fans|
|UEFA Champions League Preview: Brotherly pride at stake as B36 play TNS|
|UEFA Europa League Preview: Tommasi set to aid La Fiorita qualifying bid|
|Cech leaves Chelsea to join Arsenal|
|Paulinho ends Spurs frustration with Guangzhou move|
|Sampdoria confirm Eto´o exit amid Antalyaspor talk|
|Garcia departs Espanyol ahead of expected Qatar move|
|Watford to delay Doyley decision|
|Schlupp agrees new Leicester deal|
|Schweinsteiger hints at Bayern stay amid United links|
|Bertolacci thrilled ahead of Milan move|
|Langerak leaves Dortmund for Stuttgart|
|Muniain extends Athletic contract|
|Youngsters to get chance on US tour - Van Gaal|
|La Liga chief hits out at Real Madrid over TV rights opposition|
|Villa confirm Wilkins as assistant manager|
|Dicks joins West Ham coaching staff|
|Heldt enters to jeers, exits to cheers|
|Paraguay pride has grown at Copa America - Aguilar|
|Van Gaal tight-lipped on De Gea|
|Bacca confirms Milan agreement|
|Weight of expectation on hosts Chile to benefit Peru - Gareca|
|MLS Review: Timbers thump Sounders thanks to Adi´s double|
|Dzeko ´would run to Roma´ - Pjanic|
|Peru won´t sit back - Sampaoli|
|Zenga: Cassano, Balotelli will not be joining Sampdoria|
|Victory to start A-League defence away to Adelaide|
|I want to play MLS ´at the peak of my career´ - Johannsson|
|Allegri: I like Isco and Oscar|
|CAF Champions League Review: Comeback kings Smouha go top of Group A|
|Pirlo in attendance for New York derby|
|No Bayern deal yet, states Costa|
|Jara handed three-game ban|
|Sunderland striker Defoe sets 20-goal target|
|Leicester offer condolences to Albrighton and family after Tunisia attack|
|Chile v Peru: Potential Jara sanction hangs over semi-final|
|Sweden U21 v Portugal U21: History beckons for Jorge´s men|
|Neville appointed Valencia number two|
|Work halted at Olympic Stadium after fatality|
|Ibrahimovic in the same league as Messi - Sacchi|
|Giggs: United want to add winners|
|Turan sets record straight over transfer talk|
|Low keen for new Germany leaders to emerge|
|Tunisia part company with Leekens|
|Evans: Sterling´s Anfield exit must be a done deal|
|FIFA audit chief urges Blatter to stick by decision|
|Hrubesch urges caution after Germany U21s humbled|
|Taarabt hits out at ´very bad manager´ Redknapp|
|Bruce: I´m lucky I wasn´t sacked after Hull relegation|
|Van Hooijdonk warns Van Gaal over Depay tactics|
|SPFL looking into winter break|
|MLS Review: Earthquakes win California Clasico, Vancouver claim top spot in West|
|Muto must toughen up to succeed at Mainz - Ficcadenti|
|Diaz: Paraguay refuse to lose|
|Tragedy strikes for Paraguay match-winner Gonzalez|
|Robinho rues substitution, wanted to take penalty|
|Dunga: Brazil squad hit by virus|
|Fiorentina make ´insane offer´ to Salah|
|Women´s World Cup Review: England reach maiden semi-final|
|Mexico 2 Costa Rica 2: Herrera´s men recover after half-time|
|ES Setif 1 USM Alger 2: African champions beaten|
|Paraguay 1 Brazil 1 (4-3 on penalties): History repeats as Dunga´s men bow out|