A goalless draw away at West Ham United would have been seen as a good result given Sunderland's current predicament.
For Sunderland to then throw that away in the final seconds of the match was sickening, gut-wrenching and once again completely avoidable.
Winston Reid was left alone on the edge of the area in the 94th minute, he had time to pick his spot through a crowd of players.
It was a good finish but avoidable, with the Sunderland players switching off at a crucial moment in the game, with just seconds left.
There was controversy over the goal itself, David Moyes felt it was offside, Slaven Bilic sympathised but replays showed sub Jonathan Calleri, who was stood in front of Jordan Pickford,
was just onside. There was a matter of inches in it.
The strike itself should have been prevented, though. Sunderland had again switched off late in the game. And it cost them dearly. Again.
Four times now this season, the Black Cats have conceded goals after the 85th minute - shipping late goals and crucial points at Manchester City, Southampton, West Ham and at home to Crystal Palace.
A point was chucked away against City, Palace and the Hammers and two points on the south coast against the Saints.
Those five points would see Sunderland on the same amount of points as North East rivals Middlesbrough.
Instead, the Black Cats prop up the rest of the Premier League table, rooted to the foot of the table with just two points after nine games.
A pathetic tally by any standards. After the euphoria of yet another great escape last season, hopes were high that this season could have been different.
Yet, the failure to land a striker and re-sign Yann M'Vila are haunting Sunderland.
They are devoid of much goal threat, Jermain Defoe-aside, and can't keep a clean sheet. Nine games without one in the league this term.
Seven defeats out of nine games makes for miserable reading.
Sunderland had done well to fight their way back into the match against West Ham, with the hosts running riot for the opening 20 minutes.
The Black Cats deserved a point but ended up chucking it away.
Another body blow in what is set to be a very long season indeed.