Defoe was utilised on the wing as Sunderland took a defensive approach against the Gunners to claim a 0-0 draw, and he seemingly had no qualms with the tactics used by Dick Advocaat.
Defoe joined Sunderland to be the main man in an attacking sense, but he was willing to sacrifice himself for the team's benefit, due to the need for his side to get points.
“It’s not always easy going into a game knowing that a point will be enough," he said. “People might think it’s easy to just defend, not score, but it’s difficult at a place like Arsenal.
“There’s not many teams who will go there and stop Arsenal scoring. But credit to the boys and everyone involved. We’ve got rewarded.
“Towards the end, we could feel the tension, and when we won the ball back, you try to create something, but you’ve got to be clever. It was a one-off game, and we’re just delighted.”
Defoe has not scored as regularly as he would have liked after moving to Wearside in January, but he has still played an important part in seeing Sunderland to Premier League safety.
His goals against Newcastle United and Everton will live long in the memory, and they ultimately helped the Black Cats to beat the drop.
Sunderland had appeared in danger of going down at one stage, but a revival since Dick Advocaat was appointed to succeed the ousted Gus Poyet has seen them surge to safety.
They will now be looking to build for the future, and Defoe will be hoping to return to being a striker now that the pressure has been reduced.