Sunderland ended a run of five-straight defeats with the 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
A second-half brace from Jermain Defoe sealing a crucial victory.
Richard Mennear gives his player ratings below:
Vito Mannone: 7. Made an excellent save to deny a smart Jordan Veretout volley. Could do little about the Villa equaliser.
Billy Jones: 6. Lucky not to have been booked first half. Worked hard defensively second half to ensure victory though.
Wes Brown: 6. Looked to be injured before kick-off but was fine to carry on. Made some important blocks. Too many long balls though. Booked.
John O'Shea (C): 6. Good to have O'Shea's organisational skills back in the side. Defended well when he had to.
Patrick van Aanholt: 7. He scored the opening goal, took a big deflection but if you don't shoot you don't score. Made some key interceptions but few too many stray passes.
Lee Cattermole: 6. Struggled to cope with Leandro Bacuna initially but grew into game. Second game in four days tough ask after period out injured.
Yann M'Vila: 6. Played the ball about nicely when he managed to get involved. Sunderland needed to see a bit more from him though.
Fabio Borini: 6. One of the few players full of confidence, worked hard down the left. Made a smart run to free space for Van Aanholt to shoot and score.
Adam Johnson: 6. Played behind Jermain Defoe, worked hard but final ball wasn't the best. Needed to see a touch more guile from Johnson. Assisted Defoe's winner.
Duncan Watmore: 6. Worked hard down the right-hand side but little came off. Struggled with his crossing. Tenancious winning the ball back when it looked lost though.
Jermain Defoe: 8. MOM. He struggled first half to get a kick, Sunderland's defence and midfield insisted on playing long ball to him. Stayed patient and scored the winner. Great strike. Made the difference.
Danny Graham (for Watmore, 56): 6. Put in one inviting cross but Defoe couldn't quite get there.
Ola Toivonen (for Borini, 80): 7. Could have been booked for heavy challenge on Gil. Provided assist for late third.
Sebastian Coates (for Johnson, 88): 6. Helped see the game out.
Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Yedlin, Lens, Fletcher.
Booked: Brown (foul, 26), Borini (foul, 33), Cattermole (94)
Goals: Van Aanholt (30), Defoe (72, 92)
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1)
Brad Guzan: 6
Alan Hutton: 5
Micah Richards (C): 5
Joleon Lescott: 6
Leandro Bacuna: 6
Idrissa Gana-Gueye: 5
Jordan Vertout: 5
Charles Gil: 6
Aly Cissokho: 5
Jack Grealish: 4
Rudy Gestede: 4
Adama Traore (for Grealish, 56): 5
Libor Kozak (for Hutton, 75): 5
Scott Sinclar (for Traore, 88): 5
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Okore, Clark, Richardson.
Booked: Hutton (foul, 43), Traore (foul,69), Gil (dissent, 86)
Goals: Gil (63)
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) Overall a steady game, could have sent Villa sub Traore off though...6/10