Dick Advocaat lauded defender Billy Jones on the Sunderland official website after his side's 1-0 win over Newcastle United.
The former Glasgow Rangers boss arrived as Sunderland manager last month after Gus Poyet's departure, and is now charged with the task of keeping Sunderland in the Premier League.
Hovering precariously above the relegation zone before today's game against bitter rivals Newcastle, the Black Cats knew a win would give them the boost they needed in the fight against the drop.
Having won the previous four games against Newcastle, Sunderland were keen to make it five Tyne-Wear derby wins in a row - and were handed all three points as striker Jermain Defoe struck the winning goal with a stunning left-footed volley on the stroke of half-time.
That was enough to see Sunderland claim another win over bitter enemies Newcastle, and whilst Advocaat did praise Defoe after his goal, he singled out one player in particular - having never seen Billy Jones play, Advocaat lauded the defender.
"Jermain [Defoe] worked himself very hard; it’s the first time I’ve seen Billy Jones play and I take my hat off to him after that performance today," said Advocaat.
Jones, 28, joined Sunderland on a free transfer last summer having been out of contract with West Bromwich Albion, but was playing just his seventh Premier League game for the Black Cats this afternoon.
The former Preston North End full back impressed throughout though, attacking well whilst putting in good tackles, and it's no surprise that Advocaat singled him out for praise - and after making such a great first impression on the Dutchman, Jones could become a regular from now until the end of the season.