Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon claimed the Black Cats responded in the best possible manner following Darren Bent's shock departure, by winning 2-1 at Blackpool. "Beating Blackpool was a statement from us to say we're not going to let it affect us," Gordon told <>BBC Newcastle.
"We're capable of bigger and better things with this club and we wanted to show we're still a strong team."
Gordon continued: "We're going to continue doing what we've done so far this season and try to finish it off as strongly as we can."
"We're a little bit thin on the ground as far as the squad's concerned, so it will give a few of the boys a chance to get back," said Gordon.
"It'll give those players who are out with medium-term injures a chance to get a bit nearer to fitness, and the one or two who are just about back a chance to get back into things and back into training before the next game."