The Black Cats take on Manchester United this weekend in high spirits following the result at Anfield.
The Black Cats were 2-0 down late on in the game, before a goal from Adam Johnson and a late leveller from Defoe secured what had been an unlikely point for his side.
That could prove crucial come the end of the season as Sam Allardyce’s side face a fight to avoid relegation this season.
This weekend sees Manchester United travelling to the Stadium of Light, and Defoe has urged his side to build on that point at Anfield and play in the right in Saturday’s early kick off.
“It was great character from the boys but we also did it against Manchester City when our second-half performance was fantastic,” he told safc.com.
“We had great energy and we look fitter as a team now; the games are running out and we need the results now so there is a lot of pressure, but you just have to stay relaxed and look forward to the games.”
“Manchester United have had an up and down season and people will say it is a good time to play them. We just have to focus on ourselves and apply ourselves in the right way.”
If Sunderland are to escape relegation this season, Defoe is sure to be key to it.
He is the Black Cats top goalscorer this season, having managed ten goals in the Premier League so far, a decent return for a striker in a team struggling at the bottom of the league.
In fact, of the teams in the relegation fight, he is the most proven in the Premier League, and Sunderland will be hoping he can add more to his tally in the 13 games remaining.