Everton heaped more misery on struggling Sunderland with an easy win at the Stadium of Light.
Steven Pienaar gave the visitors the lead straight after the interval with a poked shot from close range after he had been played in by Jo.
The goalscorer then found Marouane Fellaini with a low pass that the midfielder converted from 12 yards.
The home side's best chance came from a Steed Malbranque cross that Tim Howard was forced to tip over.
With the Black Cats facing two tough trips to Bolton and Portsmouth followed by a final-day home fixture against Chelsea, three points against David Moyes's men was a must.
Unfortunately for the home support, it was often difficult to tell from their team's display whether this was a club desperate to avoid relegation or a mid-table side seeing out the season.
Ricky Sbragia's men, now with one league win in 10 and four points above the drop zone, showed little bite from the first whistle and against an energetic and gutsy Everton side, they were always on the back foot.
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