England won the first Test against West Indies at Lord's by five wickets on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
England, set a target of 191, faltered at 2-10 and 4-57 before a stand of 132 between Alastair Cook (79) and Ian Bell (63 not out) saw the world's number one ranked Test side to the brink of victory after lunch on the final day.
Cook was out with two runs needed when he cut West Indies captain Darren Sammy to Kirk Edwards in the gully before Bell struck the winning boundary.
At the weekend, England captain Andrew Strauss ended his 18-month wait for a Test century with a first innings 122.
And for the West Indies, who entered the match having won just two of their previous 30 Tests, the batting honours went to Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The left-hander, officially the world's best batsman, was at the crease for more than 10 hours in total while making scores of 87 not out and 91.
England fast-medium bowler Stuart Broad enjoyed a match haul of 11 for 165 including a Test best seven for 72 in the tourists first innings.
The second Test, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, starts on Friday.