Paolo Di Canio enjoyed his second successive victory as Sunderland boss after Stephane Sessegnon’s strike secured all three points for the Black Cats against Everton.

The colourful Italian could barely contain his joy at the final whistle, as his new side edged closer to Premier League safety.

“It was an incredible atmosphere – it will go down as one of the best moments in my sporting life,” he told the official Sunderland website.

“I’m very emotional – it was great to have the chance to celebrate again.”

The Weirside outfit currently sit in fourteenth place – six points clear of the relegation zone – and have even leapfrogged local rivals Newcastle on goal difference with the help of their derby victory over the Toon last weekend.

Di Canio was quick to praise his team’s endeavour and commitment after the two victories, and admits he couldn't have asked for more from the players during his first weeks in charge at the club.

He beamed: “They were very disciplined and dedicated and used every drop of energy out there on the field. I can’t ask any more of them.

“The fans can be very proud of the players today.”

The ex-Swindon boss’ arrival has eased some pressure at the Stadium of Light, but he was quick to point out there is still work to do to get the job done this term.

He concluded: “There were some moments I didn’t enjoy, when Everton won the ball too easily, but we are working hard to stop these things and working hard to perfect ourselves.”

Sunderland next travel to Aston Villa, in a match which could all but secure their top-flight status should they leave the Midlands with three points.

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