Gus Poyet is confident ahead of Sunderland's Premier League clash against Manchester City. Newcastle are also in action against Spurs.
Sunderland have won the 150th Tyne-Wear derby with a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United.
Sunderland will host Chelsea at the Stadium of Light this evening.
Extended interview with Gus Poyet following the 150th Tyne/Wear derby
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson insists he never doubted that the Black Cats have what it takes to drag themselves out of relegation trouble.
The 26-year-old England winger scored his seventh goal in as many games as the Black Cats secured a 3-0 victory over Newcastle at St James' Park for the second successive season to maintain a two-point gap to the drop zone despite precious wins for Cardiff, West Ham and Stoke.
Sunderland have now won the last three derbies, something they had not done since 1923, and perhaps more importantly, secured back-to-back league wins for the first time since April last year.
But under Gus Poyet, the Capital One Cup finalists are showing signs of hauling themselves away from danger.
It has come as no surprise to Johnson.
He said: "Even a couple of months ago, we were written off. We were seven points adrift and I was saying to everyone, if you saw the fixtures we had at home, we had played all the top teams.
"I said our time would come, and it has. We have played the teams around us at home, the Stokes and we have got Hull on Saturday.
"Coming here, it's a derby and anything goes. It just proves there is still a lot of football to be played."
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has apologised to the club's fans after suffering the worst day of his career against Sunderland.
Saturday's 3-0 derby defeat at St James' Park left the Ivory Coast international on rock bottom.
The 27-year-old said: "All I can say to them [the fans] is sorry for this defeat again because we cannot accept that.
"It's two seasons now we have been beaten by Sunderland at home and this is the worst, worst thing in my career, so I just want to say sorry to them.
"That's football, we need to focus on the next game now."
Four men have been charged after the 150th Tyne-Wear derby.
Police praised the 'impeccable behaviour' of the vast majority of fans after making only ten arrests throughout the day, compared to more than 150 at last year's derby.
One more man was arrested today, bringing the total to 11.
Of the ten men arrested yesterday, four have been charged.
- Scott Hunter, 33, of Hurstwood Road, Sunderland, was charged with being drunk in or while entering a sports ground.
- Daniel Orrick, 21, Hertford, Gateshead, and Connor Grieves, 22, of Lees Street, Stanley were charged with going into a playing area designated for football matches.
- Mark Yearnshire, 37, of Powys Place, Newcastle, was charged with disorderley conduct.
Two men have been released on police bail, one man has received a caution for a public order offence, one man received a cannabis warning, and two men have received penalty notices.
All those charged will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court at the end of February or start of March.
Police paid tribute to fans' 'impeccable behaviour' after the 150th Tyne Wear derby passed off peacefully with only 10 arrests.
Police were desperate to avoid a repeat of last year's sickening scenes of violence.
The final score was Newcastle 0 - 3 Sunderland.
Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, has told reporters he is disappointed with his team's 3-0 defeat against Sunderland.
Gus Poyet has told reporters today's derby win against Newcastle United has made it one of his best days in football. The Black Cats beat Newcastle United 3-0.