Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon, right, vies for the ball with Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez, left, during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, April 14, 2013 (Photo: AP)
Paolo Di Canio enjoyed his first win as Sunderland manager following a trio of spectacular goals in a 3-0 victory over local rival Newcastle on Sunday, lifting the team three points clear of the relegation zone.
The combustible Italian celebrated the goals wildly, sprinting down the touchline to deliver repeated double fist pumps after Stephane Sessegnon's 27th-minute opener and then sliding on his knees after Adam Johnson curled in a superb second in the 74th.
After David Vaughan sealed victory in the 82nd, a buoyant Di Canio joined a group team hug.
The result ended Sunderland's 10-match winless run in the league and kept Newcastle in trouble, two points above its neighbor with five games left.
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse had a goal wrongly disallowed in the 61st for offside.
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