Everton 3 Sunderland 0
Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted a brace and Oumar Niasse also got on the scoresheet as Everton's miserable run came to an end with a 3-0 Carabao Cup third-round victory over Championship strugglers Sunderland at Goodison Park.
Calvert-Lewin produced the Toffees' first goal since August 24 with a cool finish in the 38th minute before adding another strike just after the break.
The England Under-21 forward was subsequently denied a superb hat-trick as his header came back off the post, before substitute Niasse marked his first Everton first-team appearance since May 2016 by registering his maiden goal for the club with seven minutes to go.
Everton went into the tie in major need of a boost having lost each of their previous four games.
They were not entirely convincing while stopping the rot here, surviving a few scares as their former player James Vaughan passed up chances.
But Everton fans will certainly be glad to have had a few things to cheer about here, particularly with Calvert-Lewin showing his predatory instincts.