NORWICH catapulted themselves into the top half of the Premier League table following their first home win of the season at the expense of Sunderland.
Centre-back Leon Barnett put the Canaries ahead in front in the 31st minute after winger Elliott Bennett cut into the penalty area and delivered low across the face of goal.
It was Barnett’s maiden Premier League strike, a feat matched by summer signing Steve Morison, whose bullet 48th minute header gave Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet no chance.
Kieran Richardson set up a tense finale when he drilled in a late consolation, but Norwich held firm to record back-to-back top flight wins.
Manager Paul Lambert said: “Winning away last week at Bolton was terrific and getting your first win at home is a big step. We’re new to it but we’re playing very well at this moment in time.”