Adam Johnson continued his deadly scoring form, notching his seventh goal of the season and sixth in the past four matches, as Sunderland manhandled Newcastle United in the always heated Tyne-Wear Derby.
Sunderland moved out of the Premier League bottom three for the first time since August with a 1-0 win over 10-man Stoke.
Sunderland started the match looking like they didn't belong but their hat trick hero from last weekend saved a point after an impressive fight back after going two goals down.
Adam Johnson had a stormer of an afternoon for Sunderland, scoring three times against a poor Fulham defense, as the Black Cats move out of last position in the table with a 1-4 win over the Cottagers.
Sunderland took the lead with the first goal of the game thanks to Adam Johnson, but the Black Cats surrendered twice and failed to come away with any points in a 1-2 loss.
Sunderland are interested in signing 28-year old Argentine winger Ignacio Scocco from United Arab Emirates outfit Al-Ain.
Sunderland have been linked with Fenerbahce winger Milos Krasic after his agent claimed there had been interest from English Premier League clubs in the Serbian international.
Adam Johnson has voiced his support for Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio and his strict approach to man-management, stating "The gaffer is big on discipline and if it means us getting more wins, I'm all for it."