AIDEN McGEADY and his Sunderland team-mates believed they were on their way out of the Championship drop zone when they led 3-1 at Brentford.
The Black Cats were on course for only their second league win of the season until they were rocked by the hosts’ fightback that gave them a 3-3 draw.
Simon Grayson’s side are still second from bottom on nine points, three above Bolton and two behind Burton.
The Wearside boss said: “We were playing quite well, so not to win is frustrating and disappointing.
“But it was one of those games where we might have taken the point beforehand. That said, when you are in the position we were you want to go and win it.
“You have to defend well against Brentford and for large parts we did. We were decent going forward, but we still have to put a few more of the ingredients together.
“There were signs that we are looking like a decent team.
“We are three games undefeated and we are making progress. We’ve now got back-to-back home games, so this performance and the character we showed will give us a lift.”
Going into the game, last season’s relegated Premier League outfit had picked up only four points from their past 10 matches.
They conceded when Nico Yennaris scored from close range, but Lewis Grabban (2) and David Bentley (og) put them in the lead.
Goals from Florian Jozefroon and Neal Maupay denied them victory.