Sunderland boss Gus Poyet urged his players to use their derby victory over Newcastle as a platform from which to launch a drive for Premier League safety.
– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
Look, I didn't like to see the table. When you are bottom, it's not nice. We are off the bottom - that's something; we beat the biggest rivals - that's even bigger.
Now we need to keep going. We need to start passing the ball better, we need to keep believing and we need to do different things.
This is what we needed so, from now on, there are no excuses because we needed a lift and there is no better lift than this one, so I am very happy for the players and absolutely delighted for the fans.