Sunderland recovered from a goal down and a reduction to ten men to beat Bournemouth 2-1 and record their first victory of the Premier League season.
Dan Gosling gave the hosts the lead in a frenetic contest at the Vitality Stadium, but the impressive Victor Anichebe levelled for Sunderland before half-time.
Steven Pienaar was shown a second yellow card in the opening stages of the second half to make the Black Cats’ task harder, but David Moyes’ men repelled wave after wave of Bournemouth attack before creating a decisive opportunity at the other end of the pitch.
After Sunderland had broke, Anichebe was brought down in the box by Adam Smith and referee Mike Dean showed little hesitation in awarding the spot kick, which Jermain Defore dispatched to give Sunderland the lead and send the travelling Black Cats fans into jubilation.
The Cherries pressed following the concession and created several golden opportunities of their own, but Sunderland ‘keeper Jordan Pickford produced a string of outstanding saves to preserve the visitors’ lead.
They included an outstanding one-handed stop to keep out Joshua King’s volley from inside the box, which was headed for the top-right corner.
Bournemouth continued to press in search of an equaliser, but Sunderland’s defence was up to the task, and there were scenes of relief and jubilation in equal measure at the final whistle.
Following their defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, the Black Cats now sit level on points with Swansea City in 19th place, and are five points adrift of West Bromwich Albion, who occupy 17th position above the relegation zone.