In-form Michael capped another fine display with the winner in the 77th minute, a low curling shot from a narrow angle that nestled into the far corner.
With Edgar Davids and Jermaine Jenas stepping up to the plate in terms of scoring goals in recent weeks, Michael was full aware he needed to get off the mark and did so in style what was a thrilling 3-2 victory.
He has a terrific shot and when you see his goal - it was unbelievable
Asked by the media why it had taken so long for Michael to open his account, Head Coach Martin responded: "He's playing in a holding role and you don't see Claude Makelele score a lot of goals - but there is more in Michael.
"Maybe people will say it was an easy one but if you see his first touch, it was directly to goal and his second touch everybody thought he would pull it back but he saw a little hole. Even looking at it back on television it didn't look a possibility to score but he that possibility.
"He mastered the midfield against Sunderland."
Martin Jol said Michael Carrick 'mastered the midfield' after his first goal for us secured victory against Sunderland.