Steve Bruce is relishing the chance to avenge the worst day of his managerial career as he heads into derby battle with Newcastle on Sunday.
The Sunderland manager had never even been to a Tyne-Wear derby match before when he sent his side into battle at St James' Park on October 31, and he left St James' Park wishing he still had not after a demoralising 5-1 drubbing.
"I do believe in management, the secret is not to beat yourself up too much and try not to get too carried away when things are going okay," he said. "But certainly the 24, 48 hours after the event were the most difficult, probably, I have had to face.
"The one thing you want from your staff and the team is to respond, and I don't think anybody could argue with the response we have had since, which is terrific.
"Fair play to the staff, they have done their bit to try to make sure we got off the ropes and came out fighting, and the team has done that, which is fair play to them too."