As North-East derbies go, the 133rd league collision was simply Taylor-made for Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.
Ryan Taylor's goal from a superbly flighted free-kick owed much to the poor positioning of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet but it was, nevertheless, a worthy match-winner.
The right Toon: Newcastle United's Ryan Taylor (centre) is mobbed by team-mates after his goal against Sunderland
MATCH FACTS Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Brown, Richardson (Ji 71), Ferdinand, Cattermole, Larsson (Wickham 81), Colback, Elmohamady (Gardner 71), Sessegnon, Gyan
Subs not used: Westwood, Bramble, Laing, Vaughan
Yellow cards: Brown, Bardsley, Cattermole.
Red card: Bardsley
Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Simpson, R Taylor, S Taylor, Cabaye (Williamson 85), Barton, Gutierrez, Tiote, Sh Ameobi, Obertan (Gosling 85)
Subs not used: Harper, Marveaux, Lovenkrands, Ba, Best.
Yellow cards: R Taylor, Cabaye, Barton
Referee: Howard Webb
Steven Taylor missed by a hair's breadth the opportunity to steal his namesake's thunder when he went steaming in at the far post to try to connect, but his contribution at the heart of the Newcastle defence was immense.
Visiting manager Alan Pardew said: 'Ryan's right foot can be a superior weapon in those situations. It was a superb strike.'
Pardew was equally effusive in his praise for his central defensive pair, saying. 'Sunderland's two strikers were brilliant today - they were really up for it. So Steve andCollo (Fabricio Coloccini) can look back on the game with a lot of satisfaction. They are developing a top-class partnership.'
The visitors deserved their win in a typically competitive and committed confrontation, which ended with Sunderland down to 10 men after Phil Bardsley was sent off in the 88th minute after picking up two yellow cards.
His first came after a set-to with Joey Barton shortly after Lee Cattermole was cautioned for a flying drop-kick on Jonas Gutierrez; the second was for a high challenge on Coloccini.
Disconsolate Sunderland manager Steve Bruce said: 'I have no qualms about the decision. Bardsley got what he deserved.'
Net gains: Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks on in despair as the ball sails into his net.
Barton entered into the spirit of the occasion by picking up a yellow card as well.
Earlier, Sunderland profited when referee Howard Webb and his assistant made the wrong call when Barton's goal-bound header in the 13th minute clearly struck Seb Larsson's outstretched arm and was deflected over the bar.
In days gone by when leather balls encased a rubber bladder, the Swede would have been accused of 'taking the lace out of it'.
Rough and tumble: Midfield battlers Joey Barton (left) and Lee Cattermole clash in the centre of the park
As it was, Webb sought help from his equally unsure colleague before ruling out a penalty - much to the relief of the home fans.
Pardew said: 'That decision changed the course of the game to a degree. By the players' reactions you could tell it was a penalty. He has handled the ball and he has to go off. They were two big decisions.
'I knew by the way Howard Webb was looking he hadn't seen it so that was out of the window, and I knew he was relying on the linesman and he hadn't seen it either. So we had two blows there and it affected us because we went on to the back foot for about 10 minutes and it was Sunderland's best period of the game.
Physical contest: Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez (left) holds off Sunderland's Ahmed Elmohamady
'But we stuck with our system, although we changed a couple of things, and it worked for us. We startedto create opportunities and we scored from one.
'To get four points from our first two games against Arsenal and here today is a real tick in the box. The spirit of the team is still there. We have new players but we haven't lost that spirit.'
Tempers boiling: Sunderland's Phil Bardsley (centre), who was later sent off, clashes with Barton as Anton Ferdinand tries to intervene
The immediate priority for Bruce willbe to lift the morale of fans, who will be looking for the kind of pick-me-up that Sunderland provided by winning 3-0 at Chelsea last season after a 5-1 thrashing at Newcastle.
The Sunderland manager said: 'We weredominant in the first half and we created the chances but we didn't score. At this level, when you don't take advantage when you are as dominant as we were, you are always liable to the sucker punch and beingcaught like we were.
On the move: Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon attempts to get away from Cheik Tiote and Joey Barton
'It was a cheap free-kick to give away and the goalkeeper's position for me was not right.'
It was par for the course for the home fans, who are having to get used to drowning their sorrows after Tyne-Wear meetings.
Large following: Newcastle United fans show their support at the Stadium of Light
They have seen their side win only one of the last 15 home games against their deadly rivals and only one of the last 14 either at home or away.
In contrast Newcastle's Bigg Market would have have been buzzing again with post-match celebrations.
'The players and staff will enjoy their evening with the fans, and I'll be joining them,' added Pardew.
Calm before the storm: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce waves to the fans - but he wasn't smiling at the final whistle
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