FABIO BORINI’S stunning late strike gave Sunderland a first win of the season as they recorded back-to-back derby wins over Newcastle United.
Borini’s long-effort effort six minutes from time secured a perfect home debut for new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, as the Black Cats moved off the Premier League’s basement.
Steven Fletcher had given Sunderland an early lead when he got above Newcastle debutant Paul Dummett to head home Adam Johnson’s cross.
But Newcastle pulled level in the second half when Mathieu Debuchy converted his first goal for the Magpies.
With Sunderland tiring, it looked like the hosts would have to settle for a point before substitute Borini sent Wearside into ecstasy.
Gus Poyet made four changes to the side which lost 4-0 at Swansea, including a shock Sunderland debut for summer signing Andrea Dossena.
The Italian came in at left-back, with Phil Bardsley moving to the opposite side of defence at the expense of Ondrej Celustka.
Carlos Cuellar replaced Valentin Roberge at centre-half, Jack Colback came in for Craig Gardner in central midfield and Jozy Altidore partnered Steven Fletcher up front.
Newcastle made just one change from the side which drew 2-2 against Liverpool, with debutant Paul Dummett replacing the suspended Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at centre-half after both Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini failed to shake off injuries.
Sunderland got off to the perfect start after breaking the deadlock in the fifth minute.
Adam Johnson played a short corner with Seb Larsson and received a return ball from the Swede on the right-hand touchline.
Johnson lifted the ball into the six-yard box and Steven Fletcher got above Dummett to head home.
Yohan Cabaye tried his luck in the 11th minute with a shot from 25 yards which was always rising over the top.
Fletcher went close to a second in the 17th minute when he latched onto Jozy Altidore’s flick-on and let fly with a half-volley from 20 yards.
Tim Krul managed to push it away low to his right, with Altidore unable to control the rebound after nicking it away from Dummett.
Hatem Ben Arfa let fly with a free-kick from 35 yards in the 38th minute, but although he made decent contact, it drifted high and wide of Westwood’s goal.
HALF-TIME Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0
Magpies boss Alan Pardew made a change at the interval with Papiss Cisse replacing Moussa Sissoko.
The Magpies drew level with their first effort on target in the 57th minute when Ben Arfa delivered a cross come shot from the left.
The ball went right across the face of Sunderland’s goal before Mathieu Debuchy got away from the dozing Johnson and tucked it away at the far post.
Seb Larsson fired one over the top from 20 yards four minutes later after Jack Colback had laid Johnson’s corner back into his path.
Cabaye fired just wide from 20 yards in the 63rd minute after collecting Ben Arfa’s lay-off from the left.
Fabio Borini entered the field in the 69th minute and almost scored with his first contribution as he shrugged off the challenge of Debuchy and fired in a low shot from a narrow angle on the left-hand side of the area.
The effort was straight at Krul, but almost went through the Newcastle keeper’s legs.
Substitute Shola Ameobi fired inches wide of the far post in the 78th minute after turning 20 yards out and unleashing a right-footed shot across goal.
With six minutes to go, Sunderland regained the advantage as Colback fed Altidore on the counter-attack and Borini collected the American’s touch before lashing an unstoppable right-footed shot into the top corner.
SUNDERLAND: Westwood, Bardsley (Celustka 72), O’Shea, Cuellar, Dossena, Larsson, Cattermole (Ki 70), Colback, Johnson (Borini 69), Altidore, Fletcher. Subs not used: Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini, Roberge, Mannone. Booked: Fletcher (6)
NEWCASTLE: Krull, Debuchy, Williamson, Dummett, Santon, Sissoko (Cisse 46), Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 86), Ben Arfa, Remy (Shola Ameobi 70). Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi. Booked: Cabaye (28)