Last Updated: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:06
Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole said the win over Fulham was desperately needed and he hopes it is turning point for the side.
Cattermole admitted that everyone involved with Sunderland was desperate to see them pick up the three points after a string of poor results had seen them drop towards the wrong end of the table.
The skipper claims the players never lost the faith that they were going to come through their poor run and, with home games looming against West Brom and QPR, he believes things are improving.
He told the Journal: "It will make this week a lot nicer than a lot of the previous ones and we will try to build on this. The club will get a massive lift from this result. It was great for the gaffer. The stats don't lie and before Sunday it was one win in 18 games.
"The one thing was that I felt we were performing every week and hadn't hugely struggled. We were losing by the odd goal or two.
"There are some teams who have a much worse goal-difference than us, so nobody has given us a thrashing. So we will keep going and I genuinely feel we will get stronger.
"We owed the manager and ourselves a result. We have two home games coming up now and that's where we will be looking to pick up more points."
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