Johnson credits varied attack for revival

A 1-0 defeat to Everton at the Stadium of Light on April 12 marked a seventh defeat in eight top-flight matches for Gus Poyet's men, a run that had seemingly ended their survival hopes.

However, Sunderland responded with superb performances against title-chasing Manchester City and Chelsea, drawing 2-2 at the Etihad Stadium before beating the latter 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and following that with a 4-0 rout of fellow strugglers Cardiff City on Sunday.

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