Sunderland win lifts pressure - Sebastian Larsson

Sebastian Larsson strikes a free-kick against Stoke City
Larsson's free-kick capped Sunderland's 4-0 win against Stoke on Sunday and ended the club's winless start to the 2011-12 season

Midfielder Sebastian Larsson believes Sunday's 4-0 victory against Stoke has lifted the pressure on Sunderland after a run of five games without a win.

The Black Cats also trebled their goal tally for the season with the success, which saw the club climb to 12th in the Premier League table.

"It was a massive win," the Sweden international told BBC Newcastle.

"It was nice to get the first three points and hopefully that can really get us flying in forthcoming games."

Larsson continued: "We were all desperate for the first win, we wanted to put that right, give the fans something to be proud of.

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"We knew the performance was in us, that we can score goals and it was nice to show it.

"You don't stop hearing about it, we had slipped down the league and you never want to be down there."

The 26-year-old scored one goal and made three to become the top goalscorer at the Stadium of Light for the season so far.

"It's always nice to be involved when we score, be it assists or goals," Larsson said.

"It's what every player likes to be involved in, that part of the game is ok, but the players are still getting to know each other."

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