The 26-year-old headed in the opening goal in the Magpies' 1-1 draw away at West Brom on Saturday, while the Black Cats defeated Everton 1-0 at home to leave the two North East clubs level on 37 points with four games to play.
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"Even though I am not from Newcastle, I still understood the importance of the derby. It's a historic fixture.
"We don't pay too much attention to what Sunderland are doing but it would be great for the fans if we could finish above them.
"We had to show we are a very strong team and to forget last week's result," Gouffran continued. "We spoke a lot after the derby because there were things we wanted to improve on. You saw in the first half the improvements we made but we just weren't able to sustain it. Maybe that's because we used a lot of energy.
"But we're confident we can escape relegation. This point could be very important but it was disappointing because we should have scored more."