Van Persie ended a run of 10 games without a goal for Manchester United by netting from the penalty spot against the Potters as his team cruised to a 2-0 victory. The Dutchman celebrated by running towards the United dugout and embracing manager Sir Alex Ferguson, a move that has earned him plenty of ribbing from the rest of the team.
"It has been difficult for Robin. He has had a lot of stick from us. For two or three days we have been getting at him!" Evra told reporters. "To be fair, Robin told us he was really emotional. He had not scored for 10 games. He just showed the passion and the way he wanted to win.
"He said to us, 'Hands up guys, it was an emotional game. I did it, it is OK, we can move on now.'
"It was nice. I can see a lot of love and emotion. It is the first time we saw that [from Robin]. It is good to see love like that on the pitch sometimes."
Evra also said that Ferguson has challenged his team to finish the season strongly with the Premier League record points total still in sight.
"The boss is a winner," Evra said. "He has just told us to win the six games that are left. He said before the Stoke game that the season starts now. That shows you the way he wants to win this 20th title.
"He told us not to think about the title, just think about winning these six games. We can still break the record [points total]. That is what he wants.
"The challenge for us is to win the six games we have left. It won't be easy but that is the way the boss wants us to play."