Lee Cattermole, Lamine Kone and Yann M'Vila were all praised by supporters. But one man who stood out for many was Wahbi Khazri.
Indeed, the heart shown by the 25-year-old offered plenty of encouragement for the Sunderland faithful - and there is plenty of hope where the relegation battle is concerned on Wearside.
Sunderland are now in a position of safety thanks to a superior goal difference to Norwich City, also sitting one point above Newcastle United.
That means Sam Allardyce's men can ensure safety if they match or better all of Norwich's remaining results. It's easier said than done, of course, but Sunderland proved they can produce from a defensive point of view on Sunday.
Khazri was one of Sunderland's best (if not the single best) players on the day...
M'vila and Khazri were definitely on that Magic Water from Space Jam at half time like. Unbelievable 2nd half #safc— Kenny Dodd (@KennethRhysDodd) April 24, 2016
Wahbi Khazri was outstanding today apart from the odd corner into the near post but I would say best performance since hes arrived #Safc— joshua bunting (@Distillerymad) April 24, 2016
Fact- Cattermole, Kirchhoff and Khazri were all more creative than Ozil today. #safc— Malcolm Fallow (@SAFCmal) April 24, 2016
Loved how Khazri bounced back today, played great. My motm #safc— Parkersafc (@Parkersafc) April 24, 2016
Fantastic point that.Could have nicked all 3. Our 2 centre halves & Khazri were superb.5 more points should save us. #safc— Dan Coates (@Dancoat1982) April 24, 2016
I'll take the point but just feel Arsenal were there for the taking in the 2nd period. Kone and Khazri were class today. #safc— Pete Bromfield (@Pete_Bromfield) April 24, 2016
Dunno if I'm the only one, but don't know how Kirchhoff got MOM. Was good but not one of his best #safc games for me, Khazri/Kone better.— Jake Holyoak (@jakeyholyoak) April 24, 2016
Catts was class again, thought Khazri and Defoe were key too. Just need to start putting chances in the net like #SAFC— NF (@NathFryatt) April 24, 2016
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