Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho felt his side were the only team who wanted to win the match, but praised Sunderland for keeping them out.
Chlesea, after putting five past Schalke in the Champions League in midweek, drew a blank for the first time in any match this season after failing to make the breakthrough in a goalless draw against the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light.
He also had no complaints about the performance of his players even though they could not find a winner.
The Portuguese said: “It’s a point, it was a difficult match.
“Clearly only one team wanted to win, the other team wanted to stop us trying to win, but they did well. They defended a lot, but they defended well and that’s not a crime. It’s part of the game, it’s strategy, so they were successful in their approach.
“My players tried everything, we took risks and we had a couple of occasions at the end, but I have nothing negative to say about my people: well done, one difficult match, one point.”
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet felt his side’s defending was so good against Chelsea that the Premier League leaders would have struggled to score even if the match was twice as long.
Considering Sunderland had conceded eight against Southampton just six weeks ago, Poyet was understandably thrilled with the progress his side have made at the back to now be able to nullify the division’s top scorers.
He told Sky Sports: “We stopped Chelsea from scoring for the first time this season, we knew how difficult it was, I saw the Champions League game. We needed to be good in terms of defence.
“I’m very pleased with the performance.
“The quantity of work in the defensive area that we did in the last four, five weeks after the Southampton game, it’s showing. All credit to the players, they were defending for their lives.
“It’s a day when you would expect us to play for three hours and it would be very difficult for the opposition to score.”