"We don't have a one per cent chance, we have a 0.01 per cent chance".
Victory for City could leave Southampton needing to rely on their goal difference to avoid relegation but, with their figure nine better than Swansea's, it would take some remarkable results to put Saints in danger. With only 90 more minutes remaining, it will take a monumental shift for them to breathe hope into their fans. Salah, who was named EPL Player of the Season earlier on Sunday, netted the goal 26 minutes into the match, and Dejan Lovren added a second goal 14 minutes later.
Southampton stays up with a win or draw, while they can also lose and likely still survive.
Stoke would eventually finish ninth in Hughes' first season in charge, a position they managed on three occasions under the Welshman - their highest ever league finish since 1974/75.
In the final moments of their Premier League existence, before they disappeared through the trapdoor into the dark, yawning unknown of the Championship, one of these clubs was thinking about the past, the other about the future.
Southampton captain Ryan Bertrand has revealed how a hotel related row before the game inspired the squad even more to go and win at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea have lost their last three games with a single-goal margin.
Wayne Routledge squandered two back-to-back opportunities to increase the score for his team before Stoke found their way back into the match with an equaliser just after the half hour mark.
Bruno Martins Indi (groin) Konstantinos Stafylidis (rib) and Eric Choupo-Moting (knock) all miss out for the Potters final game of the season.
"In the FA Cup we achieved the quarter-final". I'm a little disappointed maybe that the success that we had, I was there four-and-a-half years, it seems that part of their history, certain people want to airbrush the success that we had. Badou Ndiaye beat the offside trap to bring parity and the evergreen Peter Crouch scored what proved to be the victor. Numerous games are available on fuboTV (Try for free).
And Lambert's sideforged ahead before the interval, Crouch stooping to head in a cross from LasseSorenson, the youngest player to start a Premier League game for Stokeat 18 years, 204 days.