Nouha Dicko bagged a brace and Bakary Sako scored a wonderful free-kick as Wolves won the Black Country derby with Walsall.
Dicko opened the scoring just past the half hour mark when he poked home James Henry’s cross and doubled the advantage early in the second half after another Henry cross had hit the woodwork.
Sako got the third when he curled a 25 yard free-kick past home keeper Richard O’Donnell.
Walsall’s best chance fell to Febian Brandy but he headed straight at Carl Ikeme from six yards out.
Victory at the Banks’s Stadium equalled a club record as Wolves picked up their eighth win in a row, while they kept a sixth straight clean sheet – which equals their best run since February 1992.
But they were made to work far harder for it than the scoreline suggests, by a spirited Saddlers. In reality the game was decided the visitors clinical finishing.
While Wolves were unchanged for the fourth straight game, Saddlers boss Dean Smith sprang something of a surprise in his starting line-up with three changes.
Paul Downing, Craig Westcarr and Mal Benning were all on the bench, with James Chambers, Troy Hewitt and fit again Andy Taylor coming in.
The Saddlers made a bright with Romaine Sawyers seeing a shot from distance deflected into the arms of Ikeme, while Milan Lalkovic fired well over the bar from a similar range.
But the first attempt on target came from Wolves in the 20th minute, when O’Donnell did superbly to tip behind a Jacobs shot after the midfielder had met Sako’s cross.
With the game beginning to liven up, Hewitt has a drive blocked by Sam Ricketts, while at the other end James Henry poked wide after Sawyers had been guilty of losing possession.
Brandy was looking the Saddlers best attacking threat and sent a shot just wide from the edge of the box after seizing on a loose ball.
But it was Wolves who grabbed the lead just past the half hour. The goal owed much to two excellent touches from Jacobs before he set Henry away down the left, who crossed for Dicko to poke home after the striker had got in front of Saddlers skipper Andy Butler.
Walsall looked to hit back and after Lalkovic had sent a free-kick wide, Hewitt came within inches of levelling with an audacious shot which flew just wide of the far post.
In first half stoppage Brandy cut inside Golbourne but his hurried shot was straight at Ikeme.
Nicky Featherstone tested Ikeme early in the second period, while Dicko shot wide after getting away from Butler.
Just seconds later he was celebrating a second goal as Wolves doubled their lead. Henry’s cross from the right was overhit and off target but the ball sailed over O’Donnell before clattering into the bar, then post, before being hit home from two yards out by a grateful and no doubt surprised Dicko.
It looked a long way back for Walsall but they did threaten through Hewitt, who fired straight at Ikeme after turning Batth, while Brandy headed straight at the keeper after meeting a Lalkovic cross.
He repeated the trick soon after but from a far better position after Featherstone’s perfectly placed inswinger found him six yards out.
Midway through the half, Sako showed him how to finish to kill the game as a contest. Wolves were handed a free-kick 25 yards from goal when Taylor was penalised for blocking off Henry and the Mali international sent a superb effort into the bottom corner past a diving O’Donnell.
Smith introduced Craig Westcarr and Michael Ngoo as the Saddlers looked for a consolation. The latter forced Ikeme into a save with a shot from outside the box and Westcarr drilled a free-kick into the wall.Subscribe to our Newsletter