Wolves manager Mick McCarthy admitted his team were “hopeless” a few weeks ago but added they were “focused, elite athletes” and he expected them to see the job through.
Wolves may yet require a result on Sunday against Blackburn and the boss said he was content with how things had turned around since their 3-0 defeat at Stoke.
“It is going to be settled on the last day,” McCarthy said. “We can’t do any more than try to win our game.
“I said to the lads before the (Sunderland) game – there have been so many people talking about the permutations of what may or may not happen.
“Everyone’s been in our earholes – the media, mums, dads, kids, friends, saying what if this happens or this happens.
“But I just told them that, if we won our games, there was nothing anybody else could do about it. We’ve done that and have got to go and do it again against Blackburn.
“The players are able to stay focused on the job, they are elite, sporting athletes.
“It can be difficult and maybe it showed a bit in the first half but they responded really well.
“Blackburn will be another difficult game because, on the face of it, they are going to need points as well.
“There are other games before we play but we can only concentrate on what we do and get back in and prepare for Blackburn.”
McCarthy said he knew back-to-back wins were a far cry from the two points from five games after they drew at Blues.
“I’d have certainly taken back-to-back wins a month ago – I’d have taken anything a month ago because we were hopeless and were getting slapped,” he said.
“We went to Newcastle and got slapped and were beaten by Everton and just didn’t play well for a period of time, although it did co-incide with picking up a few injuries.
“To recover and get back-to-back wins at this stage of the season is vital for us.”
Goalscorer Jody Craddock, a former Sunderland player, added: “It was lovely to go back there.
“I’ve always had a great reception but this is the first time I’ve played since I left Sunderland and I enjoyed it and to score was very nice.”
McCarthy also paid tribute to the 2,000 travelling supporters.
“They have been fabulous all season. They’ve stuck with us through thin and thin sometimes but they haven’t given us grief or got on our backs. We’ve not given them much to shout about but this is a great time to start.”