Johnson: Sunderland rewarded for hard work
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson believes his side fully deserved their share of the points from Monday's 1-1 draw with Stoke.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men not long after going 1-0 down in the first half, as Craig Gardner was dismissed for a dangerous lunge on Charlie Adam.
But Paolo Di Canio's side pulled one back through John O'Shea and could arguably have won the match after dominating the chances in the closing stages.
"It's always nice to get a standing ovation because when you’ve played well it makes you feel good, and I’m just delighted that we’ve come back and got a point under difficult circumstances," Johnson told the club's official website.
"It was difficult going down to 10 men but everyone worked so hard and it paid off in the end; we got our rewards for all our hard work.
"I can’t really remember what happened (for the goal) it happened quickly but it was the instinctive finish of a striker – it was a massive goal for us."
Sunderland moved three points clear of the relegation zone on Monday, and Johnson is hopeful his side can continue their ascent up the table when they meet Southampton at the weekend.
"It’s a big game on Sunday; obviously if we can play like that with 10 men, we’ve got an extra man for the game on Sunday so we will go into that full of confidence."