Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was still in disbelief after his side avoided relegation on Wednesday night.
The Black Cats defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at the Stadium of Light to move five points clear of the drop zone on the back of four straight victories.
In late December, Sunderland were sitting at the foot of the Premier League table and staring into the relegation abyss but in early May they are certain to play top flight football again next season which Poyet admits is a miracle.
"We're the second team in the history of the Premier League to be bottom on Christmas Day and still stay up.
"Absolute credit to the players, they've been outstanding.
"They grow stronger and stronger. We got a break at Stamford Bridge (when we beat Chelsea 2-1 four games ago), and from then it was only one way."
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