FULHAM earned a point with a battling display in the North East after a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light.
Moussa Dembele went close for the visitors early on, while at the other end, Kieran Richardson saw an effort hit the bar.
The Whites had the woodwork to thank again moments later, Jack Colback this time the man denied.
Chris Baird saw a sweetly-struck free-kick saved by Kieren Westwood early into the second-half before Mark Schwarzer earned Fulham a share of the spoils at the death when he kept out Stephane Sessegnon's late effort.
FULHAM: Schwarzer, Hughes, Hangeland, Senderos, Baird, Duff (Ruiz 87), Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey (Briggs 90), Dembele, Zamora (Johnson 68).
Subs (not used): Etheridge, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Gecov.
Follow me on Twitter.