Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis was left satisfied after their 0-0 draw at Sunderland.
Pulis was understandably the happier of the two managers, but admitted the Eagles too remain firmly entrenched in a battle for their top-flight lives.
He said: "We are 17th, that's where it leaves us, and it leaves us in a situation where we have to try to get as many points as we possibly can.
"We are in the frame with 10 other teams - it's remarkable, really, how many people are down there and how many clubs are involved in it.
"It was a must-not-lose game for us, very much so. The last two away games, it has been two clean sheets and it's been what we have worked on."
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