David Vaughan has said there is more to new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio than just enthusiasm.
The Wearsiders midfielder, who scored a stunning third goal as his side swept to a 3-0 win in the Tyne-Wear derby at Newcastle, said the Italian had good tactical acumen and had quickly got his players organised.
Di Canio, 44, celebrated each of his side's strikes against their local rivals exuberantly, but Vaughan said that was just one facet of his managerial style.
"You can see what the qualities of the new manager are," he told the Evening Chronicle. "He is very enthusiastic and fiery, but he also has good tactical knowledge and gets us well organised, which we saw at Newcastle."
Sunderland took a significant step to securing Premier League survival - a quest that continues when they host Everton on Saturday in former Swindon boss Di Canio's first home game in charge.
And Vaughan said the Newcastle result had provided the players with real momentum to take into the match, adding: "He made sure everyone was looking forward to the game on Sunday.
"It was an important game for us, but we had that belief we could go there and win. We have momentum in the survival battle now, and some confidence as well after a tough few months."