It may prove to be too little, too late for the Black Cats and manager David Moyes but opposite number Slaven Bilic was left fuming after seeing his side twice pegged back after taking the lead through Andre Ayew and James Collins in front of a crowd of 40,168 at the Stadium of Light.
The drought is over but the pain continues for Sunderland, who at least had the consolation of scoring their first time since early February, as they secured a late point through substitute Fabio Borini to deny West Ham a victory which would have all-but guaranteed their continued presence in the Premier League next season.
"Obviously I want to stay up in the Premier League", the 23-year-old stated to the local paper "And to help keep Sunderland up would be a dream". They confront West Ham United this weekend, a side who themselves have experienced poor form in recent weeks, that might supply Sunderland their greatest opportunity of a triumph. But with time running out his replacement, Fabio Borini fired through a clutch of players to level the score and set up a nervy final few minutes for West Ham. With the Black Cats 10 points from safety with seven to play, the former Manchester United and Everton man will know three points are a must at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland manager David Moyes has spent the season in the relegation zone.
On the injury to Billy Jones, Moyes said: "Billy has one to hospital but he's fine".
Having already allowed Khazri's corner to clear him and drop inside his far post, he then fumbled a high ball and punched it straight to Borini to hand him a second equaliser on a plate.
In stoppage time the Hammers were reduced to ten men as Byram was shown a second yellow card for a clumsy foul on Adnan Januzaj, then Anichebe nearly won it for the home side with an attempt that flashed just the wrong side of an upright.
West Ham remain in 13th spot with 37 points after match day 33.
- West Ham have been shown more red cards than any other side in the Premier League this season (five).