Under-fire manager Bob Bradley had his best day so far in the English Premier League as Swansea beat fellow struggler Sunderland 3-0 to move out of the relegation zone on Saturday.
The American coach came into the home game with only one win in his seven matches in charge, and Swansea at the bottom of the league table.
But the Swans surged to their biggest win of the season with three goals after the interval – a second-half penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a Fernando Llorente double.
The win moves Swansea up three places to 17th with 12 points from 15 games. It will drop back into danger if West Ham gets a point or more at Liverpool on Sunday.
After a scoreless first half, the game turned on a 51st-minute incident when Jason Denayer was judged to have handled Wayne Routledge’s cross.
Sigurdsson sent the spot kick down the middle for his sixth goal of the season.
Three minutes later, Sigurdsson turned provider as Llorente swept home a corner directed low into the penalty area.
Jordan Pickford produced fine stops to prevent Modou Barrow and Jordi Amat extending Swansea’s lead.
But the Sunderland goalkeeper had no answer when Llorente met Jefferson Montero’s cross 10 minutes from time.
Sunderland is bottom with 11 points despite three wins in its last five games.