Sunderland temporarily moved their way out of relegation trouble after bagging an important home victory over fellow struggling side, Cardiff City.
It was the battle for survival at Stadium of Lights as both teams were in need for three points that can lift themselves from that bottom three position.
Sunderland were looking much more lively though as they immediately got in front after 26 minutes through Connor Wickham.
Fabio Borini doubling the home team's advantage just before half time break as the Italian striker converted a spot kick.
The host's domination continue as they snatched their third goal on 76 minutes from Emanuele Giaccherini's effort.
Sunderland's victory was finally sealed on 86 minutes as Wickham netted home his second in that weekend battle.