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Sunderland winger Adam Johnson says there is no secret behind recent upturn in form

Adam Johnson: Winger's resurgence has taken Sunderland a lot closer to safety

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Adam Johnson has insisted there is no obvious reason behind his recent return to form, but that his paramount concern is keeping Sunderland in the Premier League.

Sunderland's upturn in form in their bid to fend off relegation has coincided with Johnson's return to the type of performances that saw him pick up 11 England caps.

Nine of Sunderland's last 11 goals have either been scored or assisted by Johnson, who is starting to pay back the £10million invested him by the club in 2012.

Once again on Saturday the former Middlesbrough man was pivotal to his side's comeback from two goals down against Southampton with a goal and an assist.

Sunderland and Johnson are just hoping the form can continue for long enough to keep the Black Cats in the division.

"I just want to keep getting my head down, working hard and keep helping us to get points. People go through bad spells in their career and good spells," he told the Sunderland Echo.

"You don't turn into a bad player over six months or a year. I've come back into form and I'm delighted with that."

The winger added that the fashion of the draw at the Stadium Of Light on Saturday made it feel like a victory.

He explained: "We're showing the spirit that we've got and it almost feels like a win for us after coming back from 2-0 down and being really poor in the first half hour."

"Even in the last 10-15 minutes, we could have even nicked it. We didn't, but, at 2-0 down, we'd have been delighted with a point."