Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill felt the result was about right after the 1-1 draw with near neighbours Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.
The home team laboured for much of the match against 10-man Newcastle, who had Cheick Tiote dismissed, and it took a late deflected goal off Demba Ba to cancel out Yohan Cabaye third minute effort from the visitors.
O'Neill admitted he was relieved to get a draw as Newcastle's resolute display looked like frustrating Sunderland.
He said: "Do you know what? When we equalised, it was one of the best moments, it really was, and to be accompanied by that noise...
"There's an element of relief, but every derby game I have ever been involved in either here or in Scotland, there has always been an element of relief.
"In the second half, sheer pressure alone probably yielded us the goal rather than anything flamboyantly brilliant.
"We got the goal and maybe had enough time then to go on and win it, but in the circumstances with Newcastle being down to 10 men and having defended so strongly, that would have been harsh."