Swansea have attracted plenty of praise for their passing style but they showed that they can also handle the grittier side of the game as a Scott Sinclair penalty and record signing Danny Graham's first goal for the club sealed a win which puts them up to 10th in the table.
The clean sheet also ensured that no visiting side has breached the Swans defence so far this term, and Rodgers was full of admiration for their efforts.
He said: "It was a mammoth effort, everyone knows Stoke are one of the most difficult teams to play against and I thought our performance and what we put into the game was incredible.
"My players have put a marker down that people who do not know us will look at.
"Everyone talks about our style and our football, I think you saw there is a steel in the team. To keep a clean sheet against a team like that...the players were incredible and they got their just rewards."