Sunderland remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League after a 4-3 home defeat by Chelsea.
But while a loss leaves the Black Cats still engulfed in a relegation dogfight, Gus Poyet could take some consolation from proceedings given the manner in which his team stood up to the second-placed Blues.
The home side actually started the game on top, leading through Jozy Altidore’s second goal for the club, and his first in the league, on 14 minutes.
Frank Lampard equalised from an Eden Hazard cross three minutes later, and the Belgian international then fired the visitors in front on 36 minutes.
Still, Sunderland were not out of it though. Five minutes after half-time, John O’Shea levelled following a corner by Emanuele Giaccherini.
But just after the hour-mark, Hazard struck again following a sublime one-two with Lampard.
In the 84th minute former Newcastle United striker Demba Ba fed a low cross into the area which was diverted beyond his own goalkeeper, Vito Mannone, by Phil Bardsley.
And though Bardsley redeemed himself slotting in from close range two minutes later, Chelsea hung on for victory.
Defeat, by contrast, leaves Sunderland still in peril, but further consolation could at least be sought in Fulham’s home loss to Tottenham, while Crystal Palace’s victory over West Ham the previous night dragged the Hammers further into the mire.