Eight games unbeaten in all competitions, a new billionaire owner at the helm and a Wembley final just around the corner – what could be better?
And the feel-good factor was extended on Tuesday evening as the Black Cats sealed a crucial win at Portsmouth in League One.
It was a comfortable enough evening for the Wearsiders, who were in control throughout.
Goals from Charlie Wyke and Jordan Jones were enough for Sunderland as they claimed a first win at Fratton Park since 1997 – while simultaneously keeping the pressure on the top two in the division.
And there were a whole host of excellent moments in the clash, which were captured by the photographers at the game.
We’ve taken a look at some of the best images from the win on the south coast, courtesy of our photographer Frank Reid and Getty Images: