(CNN) -- Sunderland beat West Ham 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Sunday as the Hammers slipped back to the bottom of the English Premier League.
A goal from young England international midfielder Jordan Henderson consigned Avram Grant's men to a demoralising defeat and lifted Sunderland to the lofty heights of seventh.
In an earlier game, West Bromwich Albion won a battle of promoted sides after they beat a disappointing Newcastle 3-1 at the Hawthorns and go eighth.
Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie scored twice after Cameroon midfielder Somen Tchoyi put Roberto Di Matteo's men ahead.
Peter Lovenkrands got one back for the visitors in stoppage time but it was their third defeat in five games.
"I thought we played very well," Di Matteo told Sky Sports.
Newcastle's north-east neighbors Sunderland were more impressive against the relegation strugglers who had temporarily moved into 19th place after Wolves' heavy defeat at Blackburn on Saturday.
The home side had the best of the early openings and it was no surprise when they went ahead in the 34th minute as Asamoah Gyan broke down the right and squared for Henderson to beat Robert Green for his first goal of the season.
"He's a wonderful young talent and arguably his best position could be out wide because he's got a terrific delivery," Black Cats manager Steve Bruce told Sky Sports.
"We all know he's got a goal in him and hopefully there's more to come from him."
It could have been 2-0 almost immediately as Danny Welbeck hit the crossbar with a curling shot.
West Ham's Carlton Cole went close and Victor Obinna's late shot clipped the outside of a post, but Welbeck should have scored a second as his shot into a gaping goal was blocked by James Tomkins.
West Ham went into the game off the back of a league win over Wigan and a 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United in the League Cup quarterfinal, but could not reproduce that form.