Sunderland can record their first double over Newcastle United since 1967 in the 149th Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park on Saturday.
Gus Poyet's first home game in charge of Sunderland in October resulted in a 2-1 victory over their arch-rivals thanks to Fabio Borini's late screamer - a win that marked their first in the Premier League this season.
They will take even greater confidence from last season's corresponding fixture, which resulted in a memorable 3-0 triumph under Paolo Di Canio - their first victory under the Italian, who was sacked after a winless start to the 2013-14 campaign.
The three points on that April day went a long way to helping Sunderland to top-flight survival last season, which is again their main aim this term.
Wednesday's 1-0 win at home to Stoke City lifted Sunderland out of the relegation zone for the first time since the second week of the season, while Newcastle remain eighth, just behind the race for European spots, after a midweek 0-0 draw at Norwich City.
Adam Johnson scored Sunderland's winner in midweek, taking his tally for 2014 to six goals from seven games.
The winger's red-hot form as led to tentative calls for him to make England's FIFA World Cup squad, but Sunderland assistant Charlie Oatway is just happy to have the Middlesbrough academy graduate propelling the Wearsiders up the league table.
"No one's under any illusions about his ability," Oatway said.
"We've managed to get him firing on all cylinders at the moment, we needed that little bit of a bright spark and thankfully it's him."
Further boosting Sunderland's attacking potency is Argentina international striker Ignacio Scocco, who moved to the Stadium of Light from Internacional on Thursday.
The 28-year-old could be in line for a Sunderland bow in the derby, while Luuk de Jong could make his Newcastle debut after moving to Tyneside on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach in the week.
De Jong's arrival came hot on the heels of Yohan Cabaye's £20million departure to Paris Saint-Germain - with the Frenchman's spot in midfield not immediately filled by the St James' Park recruitment team.
Loic Remy is suspended after headbutting Bradley Johnson in Tuesday's draw at Norwich, while Lee Cattermole could be missing for Sunderland after sitting out the Stoke win with a calf injury - though speculation remains that Mark Hughes is hopeful of bringing the midfielder to the Britannia Stadium.
|10||H. Ben Arfa|
|Coach: A. Pardew|
for Sammy Ameobi 46'
for D. Santon 64'
for V. Anita 74'
|Micronesia thrashed 38-0 as Fiji triumph in Olympic qualifier|
|Schalke stunned by ´machine´ Caicara|
|MLS Review: Keane shines at Gerrard´s Galaxy unveiling|
|Counter-attacking the key for Japan|
|Jimenez happy at Atletico|
|Gerrard predicts ´successful future´ with Galaxy|
|Iniesta can´t see Real selling Ramos|
|Keshi sacked as Nigeria coach|
|Three finals, three defeats for Messi, Mascherano|
|Nani close to Fenerbahce move|
|Sampaoli revels in ´unbelievable joy´|
|Bravo: Copa victory a dream|
|Martino: Argentina should have won|
|Chile 0 Argentina 0 (4-1 on penalties): Hosts end trophy drought|
|Germany 0 England 1 (after extra time): England make World Cup history|
|Kenya 0 Ethiopia 0 (agg 0-2): Hosts sent out of CHAN qualifiers after second penalty miss|
|Dortmund put 17 past Olympians, Bremen hand out thrashing|
|Dinamo Zagreb confirm arrests of coach and club president|
|I didn´t know who Wimbledon guest Klopp was - Brown|
|LeBron James backs Liverpool captain Henderson for FIFA 16 cover.|
|Ramos: I am not negotiating with anyone|
|Valencia complete Mina swoop|
|United States v Japan: US seek final redemption|
|Hanousek consigns Celtic to defeat|
|Roma confirm Dzeko interest|
|Arsenal forward Podolski completes Galatasaray switch|
|Warm Dortmund welcome delights Tuchel|
|Silva vows to fight for Madrid place|
|Mancini hints at Shaqiri and Santon departures|
|Bojan raring to go after return from injury|
|Babel backs Firmino to shine at Liverpool|
|Falcao must wait to impress, warns Chelsea favourite|
|Bartomeu: Deal in place for Turan|
|Parejo re-signs with Valencia|
|MLS Review: Sounders return to winning ways|
|Klinsmann unhappy with USA performance|
|High hopes for Paraguay - Diaz|
|Gareca: More to come from Peru|
|Gerrard had European offers|
|Argentina out to spoil Chile´s party - Martino|
|Sampaoli: Chile won´t change style|
|Di Maria will come good at United - Rojo|
|Peru 2 Paraguay 0: Gareca´s men finish third at Copa|
|United States 4 Guatemala 0: Klinsmann´s men win comfortably|
|´I’d prefer no-one to know my name´ - Bassett|
|Matthews completes Sunderland move|
|Podolski set for Galatasaray medical|
|Gundogan inspires Dortmund victory|
|Inter confirm Montoya capture|
|Murillo joins Inter, as Kuzmanovic and Obi depart|
|Falcao signing not a risk, says former Chelsea star|
|Deeney agrees new Watford deal|
|Confidence and service the key to Falcao success at Chelsea|
|No bids for ´Chelsea target´ Baba, claim Augsburg|
|Derby swoop for Ince|
|Fiorentina consider legal action over Salah ´no-show´|
|Chelsea the team to beat in the Premier League, says Neville|
|Storari exits Juve for Cagliari|
|UEFA removes FFP restrictions on Man City and PSG|
|West Brom hope for new owners within the month|
|Chelsea agree loan deal for Falcao|
|Kuyt eyes trophies on Feyenoord return|
|Chile v Argentina: History beckons ahead of Copa America final|
|Wallace extends Monaco loan|
|Mihajlovic wants to instill fear factor at Milan|
|Mignolet improving at Liverpool - Grobbelaar|
|Mumbai City name Anelka player-manager|
|Olivia the parrot predicts Japan to win Women´s World Cup|
|Lusitans coach blasts Bilic´s ´lack of respect´|
|Sakho eyes more Europa League wins|
|Gareca wants Peru to keep building|
|Chile ´no chance´ if Argentina produce their best - Diaz|
|Ocampos joins Marseille permanently|
|Europa League Review: Cloud-nine Brondby ignite opening round|