The Canaries looked the more lively as the visitor’s failed to build on their 4-0 thrashing of Stoke last time out.
Sunderland rallied but had to wait until the 86th minute to give themselves a glimmer of hope when Kieron Richardson reduced the arrears from long range.
Norwich had to endure an anxious last few minutes but held on for their eighth league game unbeaten at home to their visitors from the North-East and now lie in mid-table.
Referee: Chris Foy
Venue: Carrow Road
TRIBAL ASKS: After the glimmer of a recovery with the victory over Stoke will Sunderland fans continue to call for the head of boss Steve Bruce?
Yellow cards: Ruddy (NOR), Naughton (NOR), O’Shea (SUN)