Sam Allardyce has hailed his players after they secured a record breaking sixth derby day win over Newcastle United - their first league win of the season.
Beaming Allardyce revealed he was a relieved man to keep the club's record going, the victory moving Sunderland above Newcastle in the table.
Allardyce admitted he was also delighted to see his players take advantage of Fabricio Coloccini's straight red after he had barged Steven Fletcher over in the penalty area, with Adam Johnson stepping up to convert.
Billy Jones and Fletcher late on capped a fine day on Wearside, Allardyce's first game in charge of Sunderland on home soil.
Allardyce said: "We have taken full advantage of a piece of good fortune, I think.
"I thought it was a foul. If he hadn't have made contact then Fletcher would have scored, on his left foot, his best side.
"It is a bit harsh sending him off but those are the rules. We have taken full advantage.
"When the Sunderland fans wake up tomorrow they won't be worried about that!
"We have won and kept the record going, six wins on the trot.
"The fourth manager to be in charge of the club on his second game and beat our local rivals, it is a bizarre statistic but very nice to keep it going.
"A huge three points and massive clean sheet.
"I'm delighted we have our first win under our belt. 10 games to get it was far too long but hopefully we can pick up more results now."