A home defeat and a red card, as far as a bump back down to earth goes
The cleanest sheets in the country are on Wearside - who'd have thought?
Including the departure of Jordan Willis early in the first half, Sunderland had five defensive absentees to contend with away to Swindon Town - yet still managed to claw a clean sheet.
Eight points from a possible twelve after four games - including three against teams expected to be in the mix for automatic promotion and/or play off spots. It's a satisfying start to the season, though not one without concerns.
Sunderland showed massive improvement a week on from the opening day disappointing draw against Bristol Rovers.
How much has changed since we last saw a competitive league game play out at the Stadium of Light? Based purely on what happened on the pitch today, absolutely nothing.
Don't you just love a bit of comeuppance?
Are Sunderland going up...?
No stopping us right now!
Another home win! Get in!