Johnson praised the way the new boss has given everyone new confidence.
He said: ‚ÄúHe speaks to individuals and has spoken to me about keeping the team‚Äôs shape.
‚ÄúHe wants it to be perfect because he believes if the team has good shape then we‚Äôll score.
‚ÄúOur shape on Sunday was excellent. They couldn‚Äôt live with us when we attacked.‚ÄĚ
Johnson got a hug of approval from Di Canio at the final whistle after scoring Sunderland‚Äôs stunning second in his best display for the club yet.
The ¬£10million summer signing from Manchester City revealed: ‚ÄúThe manager said at the final whistle that this is the start for me.
‚ÄúThat it‚Äôs going to get better and better for me at Sunderland.
‚ÄúTo score is an amazing feeling, especially against your arch-rivals at their ground. That killed the game.
‚ÄúIt gave me a great feeling to give something to the fans who haven‚Äôt seen a lot of good football this season.‚ÄĚ