'If you don't have a go, you don't score.'
Adam Johnson felt Sunderland got the result their hard work deserved as they saw off Manchester City on Wearside.
The winger scored the only goal of the game against his former club as the Black Cats gave everything they had to shut out the champions.
“You could see what it meant to everyone at the end there,” said Johnson, who found the net with a strike from distance just after the break.
“It was a fantastic three points against a team who are the champions.
“There was a fight in us. We worked so hard as a team and got our rewards for that work.
“City were always going to create chances but we had some too.”
Johnson beat former team-mate Joe Hart eight minutes after the restart with a fine effort.
The winger tried a speculative shot from 30 yards out wide on the right and Hart, scrambling across, could only help the ball into the net.
“I cut inside and saw Harty learning towards the far post – I thought ‘if you don’t have a go, you don’t score’,” he explained.
“I had a go and the ball wobbled a bit and slipped under him.
“At the time I thought he’d saved it and that it’d gone the other side of the post. I couldn’t see that well.
“But the crowd went up and when I realised it was in it was a great feeling.”
Johnson added: “I tried to mute my celebrations a little because I had great times at City. Any club where you win medals and progress as a player, you have to show respect.”