Sunderland took a huge leap towards survival with a 3-2 win over Chelsea, while Newcastle drew 0-0 at already relegated Aston Villa.
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has said he did not think relegation rivals Newcastle United were in for an easy game at Villa Park against Aston Villa, as many were surprised they were held to a 0-0 draw by the Premier League's bottom club.
The Black Cats managed to come from behind twice to record a crucial 3-2 win against Chelsea at the Stadium of Light to move out of the bottom three - a point clear with a game in hand against Everton on Wednesday. If they were to win that they would relegate Newcastle and secure their own status in the process.
Defoe - who scored the winner at the weekend, is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: "A lot of people said in the week Newcastle would win. I was like, ‘I am not too sure, it is a difficult game.’
“When you win and come into the changing rooms and see they have drawn it is nice."
They were also beneficiaries of Norwich City losing to Manchester United - who are four points behind them having played the same number of games.
Sunderland have managed to put in some good performances in recent weeks, but there was some concern when it came to the lack of wins - but at the weekend they delivered and showed a lot of heart to get a crucial result.
They face an Everton side that is really struggling for form on Wednesday at the Stadium of Light and many would regard the Black Cats as favourites to secure all three points in that encounter.