The Stadium of Light was truly lit up with relief and celebration as Sunderland fought off relegation from the Premier League with ease.
In a thrilling end to a turbulent season for the Black Cats, the team smashed in three goals to deservedly stay up for the 10th year in a row as Everton put on a fairly shambolic show in return.
The battle was virtually won for Sunderland before the end of the first half, when Patrick van Aanholt and Lamine Kone both scored within a few minutes of each other. Kone then battered another home just 10 minutes into the second half to seal the deal.
Fans watching the game were seriously impressed with the quality of Sunderland's play.
It's so good to see the quality in our football. Yeah we aren't a premier league winning side but this is class #SUNEVE
-- Jake. (@jakelucxs) May 11, 2016
Sunderland players putting in a shift tonight. Can see Martinez getting the sack after this though #SUNEVE
-- Shiv Thakkar (@shiv_thakkar) May 11, 2016
Always thought Sunderland would survive, although they don't always get the points, since January they haven't played that bad #SUNEVE
-- Vision Football (@visionfooty) May 11, 2016
And they were VERY impressed with Sam Allardyce for bringing the team back from the brink at the end of 2015.
Some job from Big Sam in January. Signed Kone, Kirchhoff and Khazri, all 3 played practically every game and made a huge impact #SUNEVE
-- Nathan Murphy (@nathanmurf) May 11, 2016
-- Nilsson Jones (@Jonze1973) May 11, 2016
Big Sam keeps his record of never being having a team relegated from the top flight under his management... #SUNEVE
-- Bims_World (@Bims_World) May 11, 2016
Viewers were seriously unimpressed, however, with Everton who really haven't had a good run of late.
Unbelievable how poor Everton are. No quality, no spirit, no effort #SUNEVE
-- Ross Steele (@SP_Steele) May 11, 2016
Everton are playin shockingly bad tonight...Sunderland have them destroyed#SUNEVE
-- ...... (@peppersprayed83) May 11, 2016
-- Matthew Nash (@mattnashmetro) May 11, 2016
Sunderland's victory means Norwich and Newcastle have been relegated from the League, the latter of which being a key rival and former team for manager Big Sam.
I bet Big Sam is especially loving sending newcastle down after how they treated him in his short spell there. #SUNEVE
-- Kieren Carty (@kieren_carty) May 11, 2016
The irony of Sam Allardyce's Sunderland relegating Mike Ashley's Newcastle is the real story tonight. Sweet revenge #SUNEVE
-- mralansandey (@alansandey) May 11, 2016