2010-11 campaign rounded off with a win.
Sunderland sealed a top-ten finish with a win at Barclays Premier League bottom side West Ham United.
Steve Bruce described the win as a ‘perfect’ end to a successful 2010-11 season as goals from Bolo Zenden and Cristian Riveros in their last games for the club, as well as Stephane Sessegnon’s strike, secured the victory for the Black Cats.
Simon Mignolet was forced into two fine saves early on, first from Thomas Hitzlsperger’s 30-yard free-kick and then from Freddie Sears’ low strike, but barring that it was all Sunderland.
Zenden gave the visitors the lead when he headed Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross over Rob Green and into the net on the quarter-hour.
Sessegnon doubled Sunderland’s advantage in spectacular fashion when he strode into the West Ham half unopposed and unleashed a fine low drive beyond Green.
The closest West Ham came to a way back into the game was Victor Obinna’s header but Mignolet comfortably saved from close range.
It looked as if the Hammers had prevented any further damage before Paraguayan Riveros lashed home a third for Sunderland to win consecutive away games.
Jordan Henderson, Nedum Onuoha, Steed Malbranque and Jordan Cook also played their last games for the club in this fixture.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley (Riveros, 67), Onuoha, Ferdinand, Zenden, Malbranque, Henderson, Colback, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Gyan (Cook, 72).
Subs not used: Carson, Adams, Knott, Noble, Lynch.