"We were disappointed at the Stadium of Light, as we didn't get the result we wanted there, and this win was for the fans.
"The first goal took the sting out of it, and relaxed us a bit, and I think they were dead and buried after the second goal. We were able to keep the ball a bit more.
"I think it was better than the 3-2 win two seasons ago. I think it meant more to everybody because of the season we've had so far.
"The fans deserved that, and it was great to send them home happy.
"When we walked out, the first thing I noticed was the fans holding up the black and white cards. The lads looked around and thought 'wow'.
"There was no way we wanted to disappoint the fans, and we were so happy to put on a good show for them. I thought everyone did themselves credit.
"I wish I had scored - that would have been the icing on the cake - but I'll take the three points. It was the biggest game of the season for us.
"The gaffer did give a little team-talk, but the players knew how much it meant."