Harry Redknapp’s men drew their previous two Premier League games and this defeat had the hallmarks of Stoke’s smash-and-grab in October.
Mick McCarthy’s side defended heroicly to hold onto their lead, earning them a fourth league win of the season and boosting their ambitions of survival.
Redknapp’s men scored nine in their previous home game, against Wigan, but Wolves ripped up the formbook with their opener from a move that started with Tom Huddlestone fouling Karl Henry on the right.
Nenad Milijas swung over the cross and Doyle got in front of Michael Dawson to get the merest touches past Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
Peter Crouch and Tom Huddlestone went close for Spurs in a frantic finish.