But Sunderland’s situation remains perilous, with the Black Cats still four points adrift of fourth bottom Stoke City ahead of Saturday’s trip to newly-promoted Hull City.
Steven Fletcher: “We’ve still got a long season ahead of us.
“But now we just want to take the momentum from the derby into the next game at Hull.
“We’ve been able to use the boost from Sunday in training this week.
“But we know it’s not one game, we’ve got a lot of matches coming up and we need to take this into the next ones.
“Even when we were tiring, we knew we had a togetherness in the team and we were pushing each other.
“I was getting tired, but Jozy (Altidore) said to me ‘come on’, and I was doing the same with him.
“That’s what we needed to do and then Fab (Fabio Borini) came on and scored an absolute screamer.”