Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is holding hope that the north east club can still stave off relegation this season.
The Black Cats managed to hold third-placed Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night to spark new life into their relegation battle.
Sunderland remain bottom of the Premier League table on 26 points from 33 matches which has them three behind second-bottom Cardiff City and four behind 17th-placed Fulham who have both played 34 times.
With remaining fixtures against Chelsea, Cardiff, Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City to come, Poyet is remaining positive about a possible late-season run that could keep the Wearsiders from dropping down to the Championship.
"Survival was the challenge from the beginning and it is still possible," a defiant Poyet told Sky Sports.
"We will fight, there are too many rumours and too much stupidity. Too many people talking but at the end of the day I will be here."
And of the reported demolition job City were tipped to do on his side, Poyet offered the following: "There will be some genius who says, now we drew, that they were expecting us to fight and do something incredible, but he will lie.
"Nobody did anything for us today, everybody wrote that we were getting demolished for whatever reason.
"We played and if there is one thing top teams do not like it is to defend."
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