Cresswell deflected the ball home in first-half stoppage time on Saturday as Tony Pulis’ side grabbed the win that so nearly secured their return to the top flight after a 23-year exile.
The Potters kicked off knowing a victory – coupled with Hull failing to beat Crystal Palace – would be enough to send them up with a game remaining.
But a late winner from Hull meant the Championship champagne will be kept on ice.
Stoke’s performance was not pretty, and neither was the goal, Cresswell seemingly knowing little about it after Liam Lawrence’s shot bounced in off his knee.
Stoke are top again, a point ahead of West Brom who play their game in hand on Monday, and three points ahead of Hull.