Sunderland captain John O'Shea hailed team-mate Titus Bramble for ensuring the home side secured a 0-0 draw with Swansea at the Stadium of Light.
Chances were hard to come by but the Wearsiders were grateful to Bramble for a superb block in the last minute of injury time which prevented Danny Graham getting a clear shot on goal.
"I have to say it was a fair result,'' O'Shea told Sky Sports 2. "Swansea had two of the clearest chances. We could have been better going forward and both teams cancelled each other out, but it was a great tackle from Titus which stopped Graham getting the winner.''
Asked if he had been concerned when striker Itay Shechter had gone down under his challenge in the area in the fifth minute, O'Shea added: "No, I think a few times before that he had gone over fairly easily so I think the referee had that in mind so I wasn't concerned too much.''
Swansea captain Ashley Williams said: "It's a tough place to come and I think we played well and stuck to our game plan. We nearly nicked it in the end but a draw is a fair result. We are happy with a draw to be honest.''