Steve Bruce believes Wes Brown and John O'Shea will inject some of their winning mentality into his Sunderland squad.
The duo signed for the Black Cats from Manchester United this summer where they won a constellation of honours during their careers at Old Trafford.
Under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson, both players became indoctrinated in the winning mentality which is now second nature to players at United.
And it is this, along with their obvious talent, that the Sunderland chief wants them to introduce into the dressing room.
"We were talking about the big games coming up and Wes walked up and said, 'Well we should win those'," Bruce said in The Times.
"That's him all over. He's set to winning. The same applies to John. I didn't think this club would be able to get two players like that who've played so many times for Manchester United.
"They have the experience to handle the big occasion. It's vital we added that. I was just retiring when Wes was coming through. Everyone knew he was an exceptional talent.
"He's tough, uncompromising, a natural defender. I think he'll be a cult hero - he's everything Sunderland fans associate with."