Second tier side Leeds United are one club who could actually benefit from Sunderland staying up, with regard to 27-year-old midfield star Liam Bridcutt.
Bridcutt was signed by former Sunderland coach Gus Poyet, and was not required by Sam Allardyce when he took over, deciding to send him on loan to Leeds.
If Sunderland had been relegated then they would have had to re-consider their options with regard to Bridcutt, who has shown at Leeds this season and previously with Brighton that he is a very valuable performer at Championship level.
Sunderland would have had to face losing key men, opening up potential squad spots for Bridcutt, but instead they will likely be adding to their squad now, pushing Bridcutt towards the exit.
Just how significant is it?
Bridcutt's chances of staying at Leeds permanently are enhanced, but it may just depend on another important factor.
Steve Evans was pivotal in signing him for the club, making him his top target after being appointed, and made him a regular part of the team.
If Evans does not remain as as head coach, with owner Massimo Cellino still to make a decision, Bridcutt's decision to sign with Leeds would be far less certain, but with Sunderland staying up, an important hurdle has been cleared.