John O'Shea has revealed Gus Poyet used Jose Mourinho's long unbeaten home record as Sunderland's main motivation ahead of their 2-1 win at Chelsea.
The Premier League's bottom-placed side came from behind to win in controversial circumstances at Stamford Bridge, as Fabio Borini netted an 81st-minute penalty. Despite that, Sunderland were good value for a victory that has now energised hopes of survival after the midweek 2-2 draw at Manchester City.
"Have a guess what the manager's team talk was?" O'Shea said. "Be that team. Be that team to beat that record. Why not?
"What's the headline going to be in the morning? Mourinho loses his record.
"We're the team that caused it and the manager as always deserves a lot of credit."
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet feels survival is now within his side's grasp, following a week in which they also drew 2-2 at title-chasing Manchester City.
"I think with us, Sunderland, this year anything can happen," he said.
"It can go wither way. When no-one expects anything from us, we get a result from Manchester City and now we beat Chelsea here.
"In a good way, I think, because there was not too much difference between the two teams, apart from the shots from distance.
"Today we got the breaks that for some reason have been going against us."