Sunderland striker Fabio Borini has spoken of his delight after grabbing the late goal that decided the Wear-Tyne derby on Sunday.
Borini, 22, moved to the Black Cats on loan after a difficult season at Liverpool had followed a big-money move from Italian side Roma.
And the Italian fired home a stunning 84th-minute strike to decide the game after coming off the bench, and said he had always had the determination to do well.
"I've always been fighting, even at Liverpool last season when I was injured -- I never gave up," he told the Sunderland Echo. "That is why the goal means so much to me.
"I came here to play and I've not played a lot yet, but every day in training I've worked hard, and that’s the reward.
"It's not only about the goal, it's about the work I do every day in training which is the most important thing. The game is just a reflection of the training sessions. I still need to show the manager what I'm capable of in training.
"It wasn't a great build-up [to the goal] because we were just trying to get it up the pitch -- we were suffering. But I sniffed that I could get something. I took a touch and just shot in the top corner."
Sunderland, who have conceded 20 Premier League goals this season, saw out the remaining minutes to secure victory, and Borini said: "My feeling has been that when we've conceded goals, we've been overtaken by our fears.
"That didn't happen yesterday, and we kept on going. Sometimes, it's impossible not to concede, but you just have to keep playing."