There’s not many areas of the club that get a pass in yet another underachieving season, but the fans certainly do.
With an average gate of 43,000 the team have had great support, not only at the Stadium of Light, but the length and breadth of the country in away games as well.
The home gates have been even more remarkable considering the unattractive and negative football Sunderland produced too often with just four wins on home soil for the fans to enjoy in the whole campaign.
If Sunderland can hang onto that support and even build on it, then they need to convince their fanbase they have more ambition than just survival in the Premier League.
All eyes now will turn to Lee Congerton and his recruitment team, as they must deliver a better transfer window than they have over recent years.
The current squad needs an overhaul, more quality and pace are desperately needed, so it’s up to Congerton to identify and bring in the players that can move Sunderland onto another level.
It can be done as Southampton proved last summer.
Sunderland have been getting away with it for years now, staying up by our finger tips, and while these Great Escapes are exciting and memorable, it’s now time for the club to raise the bar and realise the huge potential it has.
A good productive transfer window, with a clear strategy, is crucial as without one, I can’t see beyond another battle with relegation next season and we might not be so lucky again this time.