Darren Bent has hailed the spirit of the Sunderland team after they game back from a goal down to draw against Arsenal. The Black Cats have made a steady yet unspectacular start to the 2010/11 campaign, taking six points from their opening five games.

The latest of those came against high-flying Arsenal on Saturday, as a last-gasp leveller earned them a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Bent proved to be the hero of the hour on that occasion, as he pounced deep into stoppage-time to hand Steve Bruce’s side a hard-fought equaliser.

The England striker is hoping Sunderland can continue to show such spirit throughout the remainder of the season, with it vital that they are able to scale those heights if they are to secure a top-10 finish.

“I think we’ve started the season well and we’ve shown a hell of a lot of spirit,” Bent told the Evening Chronicle. “We’ve worked very hard for each other and I think we got what we deserved against Arsenal. We’re never-say-die and that has to be the attitude for the season if we’re going to finish in the top half of the table.”