Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has admitted to the Northern Echo that luck was on their side during their match against Everton last weekend.
Sunderland beat Everton 2-0 and it was a scoreline which didn't reflect the pattern of the match.
The Toffees had pegged Sunderland back for much of the game, but they failed to make their dominance pay and were punished for it.
The Black Cats scored two goals, through deflected efforts, and Defoe was grateful that lady luck appeared to be smiling on his side on Saturday.
“To go to Everton on Saturday, a really difficult place to go, with good players, and they made it difficult for us at times," he said.
"But it was a case of being patient, being organised and when we got forward with quality we got some chances to win the game. We got that little bit of luck that we needed.”
Sunderland's win over Everton was a crucial one as it lifted them out of the bottom three and considerably increased their chances of staying up.
The Black Cats are currently two points above the drop zone and, with a game in hand over many of their rivals, they are becoming increasingly confident of retaining their Premier League status.
Sunderland have games against Leicester City, Arsenal and Chelsea still to play and if they can get one more win from those matches their safety could be confirmed.