Sunderland returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over fellow relegation candidates Norwich at Carrow Road.
Fabio Borini put the Black Cats in the lead from the penalty spot on 41 minutes, and Jermain Defoe doubled the advantage on 53 minutes.
Duncan Watmore wrapped up the scoring for Sunderland in the first minute of injury time.
Despite the win against Norwich, Sam Allardyce’s side remain in the bottom three, but they have now enhanced their chances of surviving in the Premier League.
Former Tottenham and Leicester City striker Lineker has taken to Twitter to give his reaction to Sunderland’s win against Norwich.
Those perennial wrigglers are at it again. Massive win for Sunderland!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 16, 2016
"Kirchoff has been a real pivotal figure for Sunderland,” said Butcher on BBC Radio 5 Live (14:28).
Against Norwich, Kirchhoff, who can play as a defender or as a midfielder, took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 61%, won 25% of his headers and 100% of his headers, and made seven clearances and four blocks.