Antolin Alcaraz's late header salvaged a point for Wigan in a 1-1 draw after debutant Asamoah Gyan had opened the scoring for 10-man Sunderland at the DW Stadium.
The Wearsiders had their captain Lee Cattermole - a former Latics player - sent off in the first half but took the lead in the 66th minute when substitute Gyan converted Jordan Henderson's cross.
The hosts came away with a point though thanks to Alcaraz, whose effort three minutes from time caught Black Cats goalkeeper Simon Mignolet cold.
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