Sunderland manager David Moyes. Nigel French/PA Wire.

Things are looking a lot brighter for Sunderland manager David Moyes. Nigel French/PA Wire.

Sunderland’s 3-0 victory against Hull – their second win in succession – has given David Moyes’ side a new lease of life in their bid for Premier League survival.

Goals from Jermain Defoe and a brace from Victor Anichebe gave the Black Cats a comfortable win this weekend, and there can be little doubt that the latter has been responsible for the clubs change in fortune.

Many felt that the former West Bromwich Albion and Everton striker would ultimately disappoint following his move to Wearside, but the big striker has really made a difference.

Not only has he been the perfect partner for Jermain Defoe – taking some of the weight off the shoulders of the former England striker – but he has also impressed by scoring three goals in Sunderland’s last two games.

Anichebe has forced Moyes to change to a 4-4-2 formation, which seems to have given Sunderland a far more assured and rigid look at the back, with the Black Cats looking much more organised.

Many of the defenders that looked shaky at the start of the season now appear to have an air of calmness about them, with the exception of Papy Djilobodji, who continues to struggle, and was sent off at the weekend.

If, as history suggests they might, Anichebe’s goals dry up, Sunderland will soon have Fabio Borini to turn to, as he returns to fitness.

Borini who is hard-working, Pacey and has an eye for important goals is the perfect player to come into the side, enabling them to remain with this formation.

Either way, things look far more positive for Moyes’ side than they did just a few weeks ago.