Sunderland returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Sunday when they got the better of Newcastle United 1-0 at home.
Jermain Defoe's stunning volley on the stroke of half time proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Stadium of Light.
The victory has seen the Black Cats enhance their chances of survival in the top flight of English football for one more season at least.
Sunderland are now 15th in the Premier League table with 29 points from 31 matches, three points above the relegation zone.
The win at the Stadium of Light on Sunday was the Black Cats' fifth successive against Newcastle in the Premier League, as they continued their recent domination of the Tyne–Wear derby.
Is there a better way of WINNING a DERBY? No. pic.twitter.com/YqFgUmVQj7— Jordi Gómez (@JordiGomez14) April 5, 2015
What a win and what an atmosphere .. https://t.co/NRwblUQDIf— Connor Wickham (@ConnorWickham10) April 5, 2015
Sunderland are back in action in the Premier League on Saturday, when they host Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light.