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John O'Shea was delighted with the late comeback that secured Sunderland a 2-2 Premier League draw away to Liverpool on Saturday.
Following a goalless first half, Roberto Firmino headed home James Milner's cross and set up Adam Lallana for a tap-in to leave the hosts seemingly in control.
However, an 82nd-minute Adam Johnson free-kick squirmed under Simon Mignolet before, at the end of normal time, Jermain Defoe turned and struck superbly to secure a share of the spoils for the Black Cats, who sit four points behind 17th-placed Norwich City.
"It's very pleasing to get a point when you're 2-0 down at Anfield in the Premier League," said skipper O'Shea following the live Setanta Sports clash.
"We had to go at them. We needed to show that quality beforehand, but at least we showed it in the end and got something from the game."
The Reds had bossed the first period, albeit without creating much in the way of opportunities to break the deadlock.
"We kept them at arm's length but didn't cause them many problems," continued O'Shea.
"We were hoping to have more in attack but the balls played forward to Jermain didn't have enough quality, because we know that if we supply him, he'll hurt teams, and thankfully we saw that towards the end."
O'Shea paid tribute to defenders Lamine Kone and Jan Kirchhoff, along with Dame N'Doye, who replaced the injured Duncan Watmore midway through the first period.
"It was pleasing for the new lads," said O'Shea of the trio of January signings.
"They've shown great character and enthusiasm since they've come in, and quality as well."
It was a worrying day for Liverpool on several fronts. As well as relinquishing a two-lead to drop to eighth place, a spot behind Merseyside rivals Everton, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp missed the game due to being admitted to hospital, while a host of home fans streamed out of the ground early in protest at rising ticket prices.
A press conference will be held on Monday to reveal the medical progress of Klopp, who is believed to have undergone an operation to remove his appendix.
By David Maher