And after 12 hours and 30 minutes without a goal in the division it was Fernando Torres who was the Spaniard’s saviour.
He flicked home from Eden Hazard’s cross after just 11 minutes to ease any nerves the away fans may have had.
The 28-year-old notched his second just before half time from the penalty spot as he confidently stepped up and, without moving his gaze from the ball, hammered it home.
And Torres can claim an assist for their third too as Juan Mata collected his strike, which had hit the crossbar after 49 minutes, and lashed it into the back of the net.
Sunderland, who now sink into the bottom three, did at least get a consolation goal as Adam Johnson showed an all too rare glimpse of his talents to score.
At the Emirates, Arsenal moved themselves back up to sixth as they earned a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
The Canaries had raced into a three goal lead in the first period as Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong and Grant Holt all struck but a mini revival from Michael Laudrup’s side saw Michu and Jonathan de Guzman make it 3-2 by the hour-mark.
Norwich weren’t to be stopped though as Robert Snodgrass whipped a free-kick beyond Gerhard Tremmel, who had a poor game in goal, and Michu got his second of the game to make it 4-3 to the visitors at the final whistle.
Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers played out a fraught 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium.
James Mccarthy’s double sandwiched strikes from Ryan Nelsen and Djibril Cisse as Harry Redknapp still searches for his first win with his new side who remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.