Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone returned to the Sunderland starting XI as Sam Allardyce reverted to the side which had triumphed at Swansea.
The Italian pair took the places of Danny Graham and Jordan Pickford for the visit of fellow strugglers Bournemouth, in the only two changes to the side.
New signing Dame N'Doye was included among the substitutes, although there was no place for fellow January capture Jan Kirchhoff.
Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, O'Shea, Brown, van Aanholt, Cattermole, M'Vila, Johnson, Lens, Borini, Defoe. Subs: Pickford, Coates, Rodwell, Watmore, Fletcher, N'Doye, Yedlin.
Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Gosling, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Stanislas, Afobe. Subs: Federici, Distin, O'Kane, Iturbe, Ritchie, Murray, Grabban.