Spurs get the win in Budapest, but it was their first-half display that got the job done this evening. Son’s header got them on their way before further efforts from Bale and Lucas.
Both the second and third goals were outstanding, but once Son was replaced at half-time, Spurs seemed to lose their way.
Sissoko’s awkward challenge gifted Wolfsberger a penalty, which Liendl scored with ease.
After a few uncomfortable moments, the game was finally over when Carlos Vinicius blasted home in the 88th minute.
While Spurs were far from perfect, they have pretty much booked their place in the next tie of the Europa League.
Wolfsberger will need a spectacle to overturn the depletion in the second leg. It was great to see Bale show signs of his best form in the first half, and Spurs looked to have come through the game with no injuries, which is always a positive.
Both teams will play one more league match at the weekend, before the second leg in North London next Wednesday.
Gareth Bale scored one and set up Heung-Min Son’s opener, Dele Alli caught the eye and Hugo Lloris produced a confident reaction to recent criticism too.
Lucas Moura added an outstanding solo third goal to put Mourinho’s men well in control at the break.
But Spurs were almost made to pay for easing off in the second half as Wolfsberger rallied though Carlos Vinicius late fourth restored the three-goal advantage to take into next week’s second leg.
Mourinho pre-match rallying cry about what was required from his players on the resumption of their European campaign was heard loud and clear based on their purposeful first-half performance.
Their superior quality shone through sufficiently to seemingly put the tie beyond the Austrian minnows.
By the time Son nodded Spurs ahead, Wolfsberger could not say they had not been warned that Mourinho’s men were in the mood.
Son let the Austrians off the hook when he shot wide in the fifth minute rather than passed to the better-placed Alli who was expecting a return after his interception set up a counter-attack.
Alli did not hold it against Son and set him up for a shot that was blocked but the reprieve was just temporary for Wolfsberger.
Moura regained possession, fed it out wide to Matt Doherty who in turn played in Bale, who fired in a first-time cross that was cleverly diverted in with his head by a stooping Son.
Just as Mourinho called for ahead of kick-off, the last winner of the Puskas Award for Europe’s goal of the season, netted in the Puskas Arena.
Hugo Lloris passed his first test to preserve Spurs lead when he safely huddled an effort from one of Wolfsberger’s danger men Dejan Joveljic, a much-needed secure start after some recent shaky moments from the under-fire Frenchman.
There was an even better save from Lloris on the half-hour when he reacted brightly to tip Dario Vizinger’s header onto the bar.
By then, Spurs were 2-0 up after a moment of individual brilliance from Bale.
Again he was fired by Doherty but they looked nowhere to go as he headed towards the byline.
But Bale cut back onto this left foot, almost sending Jonathan Scherzer sliding off the pitch in the process, and hit the ball with such force it was in Alexander Kofler’s net before he could react.
Four minutes after Lloris’s excellent reaction save, Moura added his standout moment, leaving four Wolfsberger players trailing with a brilliant solo run which ended with him beating Kofler too.
With the outcome of the first leg sorted, Mourinho had the extra of being able to withdraw Son and give Carlos Vinicius some game time.
But Spurs were made to pay for their overconfidence when they overlapped in defence, Moussa Sissoko fouled Christopher Wernitznig in the box as he tried to rescue the problem and Wolfsberger captain, Michael Liendl wrong-footed Lloris from 12 yards to give the Austrian’s a glow of hope and encouragement.
With a quarter of the game left, there was almost more when Wernitznig side-footed a thumping against the bar.
Spurs were in danger of undoing all their good first-half work and Mourinho’s interest was marked by the late intros of Hojbjerg and Ndombele.
And it was Hojbjerg’s cross which was stroked on to Vinicius by another sub Erik Lamela for the Brazilian to poke in Spurs’ fourth goal with a volley on the stretch.