Hull boss Phil Brown likened Boaz Myhill's performance in Saturday's 0-0 draw to that of Sunderland hero Jim Montgomery in the 1973 FA Cup Final.
Montgomery made a famous double save to deny Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer and help Sunderland beat the then-mighty Leeds 1-0 at Wembley.
Myhill made two doubles from Wilson Palacios and Robbie Keane in the first half, then Luka Modric and Keane in the second half and also denied Jermain Defoe, Luka Modric and Peter Crouch.
He also denied Jermain Defoe in the first half, tipped over Modric's 20-yarder destined for the top corner and capped it all with a point-blank save to turn away Peter Crouch's header in the final minutes.
"We asked the players to bring the best to the table and that is what Boaz Myhill did," said Brown, a childhood Sunderland fan.
"He responded Jimmy Montgomery-style. He didn't just do it on one occasion but two or three.
"It was a great defensive performance from us, highlighted by the contribution of the goalkeeper. The attitude was spot-on from everyone. We could have nicked it but we didn't nick a point, we deserved a point."