The Black Cats face Leicester City in their second game back following the international break.
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has told the club's official website that he wants Tottenham to win the Premier League title and is hoping to do his former club a favour by helping his current side bag a win when they come up against Spurs' title rivals Leicester City in April.
The Black Cats' first game following the international break sees them take on West Brom at the Stadium of Light, but they follow that game by facing the league leaders in what promises to be a hugely important encounter for both ends of the table.
And the 33-year-old explained that he is hoping to help his own team's survival hopes while also strengthening Mauricio Pochettino's side's chances of catching the table-toppers.
"Leicester are a great team. What they've done there this year is an unbelievable story," he told the club's official website.
"But I'd like to win that game - and then at the end of the season we're safe and Tottenham win the league."
Currently Spurs - for whom Defoe played 276 league games across two spells, scoring 91 goals - find themselves five points adrift of Claudio Ranieri's men so will be relying on other results between now and the end of the season to help them catch the leaders.
And while Defoe will be using the thought of helping a former side out as partial motivation for the game, his teammates will be solely focused on securing a win to strengthen their survival hopes.
Sam Allardyce's men are in the relegation zone but have a game against fellow strugglers Norwich to follow the Leicester clash so will want to ensure that they stay in touch with the Canaries by the time they meet at Carrow Road.