Sunderland won their first match under new manager Paolo Di Canio, beating Newcastle United 3-0 in a thunderous Tyne-Wear derby to ease their Premier League relegation woes on Sunday.
Di Canio, who replaced Martin O'Neill and saw them beaten in his first match in charge at Chelsea last week, celebrated their goals from Stephane Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and David Vaughan with an outpouring of emotion.
He leapt in the air, did a series of arm pumps, ran down the touchline and slid along the ground in his suit as Sunderland won at St James' Park to end a nine-match winless streak and record their biggest win at Newcastle since October 1966.
"I'm happy for my players because they were warriors today," Di Canio said on the BBC.
"I was excited to see our fans celebrate because I know what it means to win here."
The victory moved them up from 17th to 15th in the table, above Stoke City who play league leaders Manchester United later.
It was also their first win at Newcastle since November 2000 and was thoroughly deserved because they were sharper and more clinical than their opponents.
Sessegnon opened the scoring with a low shot after 27 minutes, Johnson made it 2-0 with a left-foot curler after 74 and Vaughan put the icing on the cake with a stunning half-volley with the outside of his left boot with eight minutes remaining.
The second and third goals came after Newcastle keeper Tim Krul had suffered an elbow injury and was replaced by substitute Rob Elliott, but no goalkeeper could have realistically saved either effort.
The result kept Newcastle on the fringes of the relegation battle, in 13th place on 36 points from 33 matches. Sunderland moved up to 34 points, three clear of FA Cup finalists Wigan Athletic.
Queens Park Rangers and Reading, who both have 24 points, occupy the bottom two places in the table.
"Yes, it's a big win in terms of the area but it's only one step and not a big step in terms of the table," Di Canio added.
"When I saw the players in the dressing room before the game I saw they had very high determination and desire. It's obvious you could see in the last 20 minutes that we improved from Chelsea."
MAN OF THE MATCH
Simon Mignolet - Outstanding performance from the Sunderland goalkeeper to give his side the platform for a famous win.
Newcastle: Krul 6; Debuchy 6, Steven Taylor 5, Yanga-Mbiwa 5, Gutierrez 5; Tiote 5, Cabaye 6; Marveaux 5, Sissoko 6, Gouffran 5; Cisse 7.subs: Elliot 6, Ben Arfa 6, Shola Ameobi 6
Sunderland: Mignolet 9; Bardsley 7, Cuellar 7, O'Shea 7, Rose 7; Johnson 8, N'Diaye 6, Larsson 7, McClean 6, Sessegnon 7; Graham 6..subs: Colback 6, Vaughan 8, Mangane 6
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