The Sunderland forward has been praised after another goal against Newcastle.
Danny Murphy believes it's 'incredible' that Jermain Defoe has scored 15 goals this season for a club in Sunderland that are embroiled in a relegation scrap, according to the BBC's Match of the Day 2.
The 33-year-old netted in another Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday afternoon, scoring from a set-piece against Newcastle United.
And that took the Sunderland man's tally to 15 for the season, something Newcastle fans can only dream of with their strikers right now.
Murphy told MOTD 2: "He’s got 15 goals - which is incredible for a team playing down the bottom. He looked sharp, showed great precision and you can’t keep giving him opportunities.
"He took his finish superbly well and he deserved that goal."
Defoe has 15 goals to his name this season after three Capital One Cup goals and 12 in the Premier League.
But Sunderland's nearest competitors are all on only three.
It's amazing just how few goals the sides down at the bottom of the league have scored this season. Aston Villa have been woeful, Newcastle not much better and, without Defoe, Sunderland would be stranded.
Both Sunderland and Newcastle are yet to face Norwich City for a second time this season - and those two fixtures may well determine which one of the three teams stays up.