He reckons a campaign which promised so little at the start, could turn into the most memorable of his career.
"In May, this could turn out to be one of the best seasons in Sunderland's history," Johnson said.
"At the beginning, it could have been the worst. We were seven or eight points adrift at one stage.
"Now with a Capital One Cup final and a chance to play in the semi-final of the FA Cup and a better chance of escaping the drop, it could be a great year.
"There have been ups and downs but now it's more stable and we're going in the right direction.
"It's been difficult for everyone but this is definitely the best it's been in my two years at the club."
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