The Black Cats won their second game in a row under the new Italian manager thanks to Stephane Sessegnon's goal, and he praised his side for doing "an amazing job"
Stephane Sessegnon scored the only goal of the game to hand Di Canio his second win in a row for the Black Cats following their 3-0 demolition of Newcastle.
The manager praised his side for the way they have changed the atmosphere at the ground, and for the amount of effort they are putting in as they bid to avoid relegation.
"It was another important step forward to try and keep the team and club in the Premier League," Di Canio told Sky Sports.
"We did a good job. The lads have done an amazing job, but the main job is not done.
"To celebrate in front of our fans, full of passion...it's such an incredible moment, one of the best moments of my life.
"Yes, yes, yes [the team are fulfilling their expectations]. Because if it depends on me I would like to press the opponent every time high, but we can't, we have to be realistic.
"So what they give is an amazing job, they give everything, it is an amazing effort. Gradually we are going to play more attractive football, but the commitment is something amazing.
"Even if we talk about Premier League players, it is not easy. It is only three weeks but they have turned the atmosphere.
"Even if you're a good manager, if you don't have quality you can't make a miracle. They gave everything. Since the moment I arrived here I saw very good ability."