Sunderland's Josh Maja celebrates his goal against Blackpool.
Our Sunderland writer Phil Smith has dished out his player ratings following the 1-0 win - scroll down and flick through our gallery to see who impressed.
A couple of good blocks, distribution was very good and commanded his area well enough. Solid showing. 7 Battled really hard and despite coming under a lot of pressure in the second half, stood firm and gave little away. 6 Brilliant pass to help open the pitch up for the opener and made a crucial clearance in the second half. Gave little away. 7 Some crucial challenges throughout and looked far more certain defensively than he has done recently. 7 Struggled at times with Nathan Delfouneso but part of that was due to McGeady staying high for the counter. Coped well, stuck with it and got forward occasionally. 6 Took an early yellow for the team and hung in thereafter, managing his game well and winning some important interceptions in the middle. 7 Much more like his usual self in midfield. Broke up the play and won a lot of challenges. 7 Almost scored another superb goal in the second half. Caused a threat without being overly influential. Work-rate was superb in helping the side out at the back. 6 Lost the ball in some dangerous areas but more than made up for it. Delivery was excellent and never let the defence settle. 7 Understandably tired in the second half but showed what a difference he can make, scrapping with centre backs and freeing up other players. 6 Scored another fantastic goal but also pressed superbly, carried it well and brought others into play. A terrific performance. 8 Did his job really well. Some important headers away from the danger zone towards the end. 6 Little time to make an impact but helped wind the clock down. N/A