Moyes singled out Pickford after a couple of excellent saves against Hull, explaining "I had a joke with Jordan and said those saves were easy for you". Further, if Moyes does stay, it will not be with the blessing of many Sunderland fans.
It ended a three-month run without a win for Sunderland and Defoe's personal goal-drought - which had broken the 1,000-minute mark before he converted from close range.
The turnaround in Hull's fortunes since the arrival of former Olympiakos boss Silva has been quite remarkable, giving them more than a fighting chance to retain their top-flight status. I believe if we'd scored first we would have won the game.
Then on 57 minutes Pickford came to the rescue with a brilliant tip-over from Markovic's header.
The nervy home crowd provided an atmosphere more of hope rather than expectation from nearly the first whistle, and that pretty much turned to resignation after Jones put Sunderland ahead. It's an important moment for us.
Hull looked the more confident in the first half and understandably so given their recent revival.
Hope for Sunderland's rebuilding process?
At 23 years of age, he has attracted interest from several top clubs - including Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton - but Sunderland have made it clear that they will not part with their prized assets on the cheap as they prepare for life in the Championship.
- Sunderland secured two wins in the same season against a single club for the first time in 2016-17 and for only the third occasion since 2013-14.
Sunderland are braced for a summer of high turnover in the playing staff, with 10 players out of contract and three loanees set to return to their parent clubs, before a number of players under contract move on to pastures new. We felt our players had a bit of tension and were a little bit too anxious and that is a problem when you need to be calm in the game, to play our football and good offensive organization.
With two relegation spots yet to be decided and six teams still mathematically able to go down, Britton spoke of how the Swansea players not only want a good following at Sunderland, but also hope to reward the fans for their support during a hard season.
"For Sunderland, who expected that result?" It would not be cheap if anybody wants Jordan Pickford.
"It's disappointing", Silva told the BBC after his side missed a barrage of chances against the visitors, who completed a league double over Hull after winning the reverse fixture 3-0.
"I remember a young Joe Hart when he started - at Everton we were really keen to sign him from Shrewsbury".
West Ham United are planning bids for Sunderland duo Jermain Defoe and Jordan Pickford, according to The Express.
"Our performance was high level".