The Sunderland hero hailed the "unbelievable" noise from the home faithful as the strugglers secure a comeback win against Chelsea.
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has hailed the "unbelievable" support of the Sunderland fans and admitted that the noise which greeted his winning goal against Chelsea gave him goosebumps, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo.
Sam Allardyce's side, in 18th place at the start of the weekend, came from 1-0 and then 2-1 down to beat last year's champions and move to within two points of securing their survival.
Trailing 2-1 with less than 25 minutes left, Fabio Borini's deflected effort brought the Black Cats level for a second time, and just three minutes later Defoe scored his 18th goal of the season in all competitions to secure a vital three points.
The former England striker might be the hero of Sunderland's season on the pitch, but he could not believe the noise that greeted his winner and admitted that the home crowd's reaction gave him goosebumps.
Defoe said, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo: "[It gave me] goosebumps, to be honest. It was unbelievable. It’s been like that all season. The fans have been fantastic.
"For the players, it was just a case of staying calm and forgetting about the occasion and how important the game was, and try to get a result against a top Chelsea team.
"Credit to the fans. I thank them on behalf of the players. Now it’s important we recover ahead of a massive game on Wednesday."
Defoe's winner has restored Sunderland to pole position in the fight against relegation, and they can end the battle to beat the drop on Wednesday night with victory over Everton in their game in hand.
Even if they cannot get another three points in that clash, they would have to lose to Watford and Newcastle would need to win against Tottenham Hotspur on the final day to see the Black Cats relegated in the Magpies' place, whilst Norwich would have to win both of their remaining fixtures against Watford and Everton to survive.