Hull boss Marco Silva has tipped Harry Maguire, the former Sheffield United defender, as a future great after his virtuoso showing in yesterday's goalless draw at Southampton.
Maguire's three crucial interventions ensured Hull tiptoed out of St Mary's with a point that could prove priceless to their Premier League survival fight.
Eldin Jakupovic's added-time penalty save sealed Hull's first point on the road since February, in the process condemning Sunderland to relegation.
But Maguire's indomitable showing snuffed out Saints time and again, to leave Silva expecting a career to remember from the 24-year-old who is already coveted by a host of Premier League rivals.
"That performance is no surprise to me, because he's played like that and been improving for a while now," said Silva of Maguire.
"He's a very good player, he works hard and is understanding better what I want for the team and he's understanding better our organisation as well.
"He has very good skills and it's clear to me he will have a big career in the future.
"But it was not only Harry, both our centre backs have a very good relationship with the ball. I want those players to start off our play and build us up from the back."
Sunderland had to better Hull's result on Saturday to stave off relegation, but had their demotion confirmed via their 1-0 home loss to Bournemouth.
Hull will now host David Moyes' Black Cats on Saturday with another gilt-edged chance to boost their chances of survival.