Sessegnon scored his second goal in a week for Sunderland during the game and Di Canio praised the work of his strikers.
"The little one [Sessegnon] is big," Di Canio told the Shields Gazaette. "We all know he is capable of scoring a goal like that.
"I want to point attention to the job they did once again up front. Both Stephane and Danny [Graham], they left all their energy on the ground, and then obviously the goal made all the difference."
Sunderland's next game is against fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa next week.