Tottenham Hotspur came from 1-0 down to beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light to lift themselves up to third in the Premier League.
Both sides were in good form heading into the game on Wearside and after John O’Shea’s shock opener it looked like the hosts could be looking at their fourth win in five.
But an early double salvo in the second half saw Spurs claim all three points as they continue to cement their place in the top four.
The Lilywhites had the best of the chances throughout the first-half as Emmanuel Adebayor saw one effort saved and then later a toe poke come back off the crossbar, while Sandro saw a low drive well saved by Simon Mignolet.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men, despite their dominance, were unable to make the breakthrough and that allowed Sunderland to capitalise.
After 40 minutes a Sebastian Larsson free-kick was flicked on and, following a fine save from Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, John O’Shea was on hand to tap home and give his side the lead - but Tottenham hit back straight back after the break.
Carlos Cuellar gave away a foul and the resulting free-kick went out for a corner and, to round off his cruel luck, the Spaniard headed beyond his own goalkeeper.
Then, after 51 minutes Spurs snatched the leader as Lennon skipped through the Black Cats’ defence and guided a superb strike past Mignolet.
Jermain Defoe could have sealed the win for Tottenham but his point-blank striker was somehow saved by Sunderland brilliant Belgian shotstopper who also denied Adebayor when the Togolese striker was through on goal.
Martin O’Neill’s charges poured forward as they looked to nick a late equaliser but they couldn’t find their way past Spurs’ solid defence.
After their defeat Sunderland remain 13th and seven points clear of the relegation zone.