Gus Poyet has insisted keeping Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League is the biggest achievement of his career.
The 46-year-old Uruguayan was handed the task of sparing the Black Cats from the drop in October, at which point they had collected just a solitary point from their opening seven games.
But on Wednesday evening, they ensured they will play in the top flight once again next season with a 2-0 victory over West Brom which took them to 38 points after a remarkable fourth successive win.
– Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.
It's the biggest achievement of my life, for sure. Today is one of the happiest days of my life as well.
I always think about other people. I think about today the fans from this city, how important it is for them to have a team in the Premier League - we have got it, at least for another year - how important for the staff, how important for everybody really, how important for the chairman to be able to plan for the future knowing that we are going to be in the Premier League.
I am delighted for the players. It's been difficult, I can tell you, it's been very, very difficult.