Sunderland were last night robbed of one of the results of this season as they bravely came away from Manchester City with a noble point.
A scrappy last-minute equaliser from Samir Nasri, with a lot of help from goalkeeper Vito Mannone, saw an incredible night at Etihad Stadium finish 2-2.
City had taken the lead after just two minutes through Fernandinho and the general consensus was that it would be an easy night from the home side. However, Sunderland played brilliantly at times and two second-half goals from Connor Wickham put his side ahead.
But Mannone made a mistake right at the very end to deny his side what would have been a deserved point.
This performance and result at least keeps alive the still slim hopes that Sunderland can beat the drop.
They remain bottom, six points from safety with five games remaining but have one game in hand over their rivals at the foot of the table.
Manager Gus Poyet was left both devastated and proud at the end of an enthralling night that had a bit of everything, apart from the right result in terms of what Sunderland needed.
The Wearsiders go to Chelsea this Saturday and will need to show the same determination and imagination if they are to take anything from west London.
Poyet played with a far more attacking formation last night and that paid off.
Adam Johnson and substitute Emmanuele Gianccherini were superb, as was the back four and Wickham.
The Sunderland fans left Manchester feeling proud, but still acutely aware that time is against their team.