It was a frustrating afternoon for the 2,637 Sunderland fans who made the 11-hour round trip to Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Cats were beaten 3-1 by their promotion rivals, but some lucky supporters received an early Christmas gift on their journey back from Fratton Park.
After stopping at Woodhall service station, a group of Sunderland fans were greeted by manager Jack Ross, who showed his class after a difficult day in the dugout.
Ross stepped onto a coach full of travelling Sunderland fans to thank them for their incredible commitment and support this season.
The Black Cats boss reportedly apologised for the defeat while wishing fans a Merry Christmas as they made their way back to the North East.
Many fans took to social media afterwards to praise the manager for the gesture.
Lewis Macinnes tweeted: "Jack Ross and the team stopped off at Woodall services and came onto our coach and thanked us for a support today sheer class #redandwhitearmy"
John Watson addded: "Nice touch by Jack Ross at Woodall services came onto the Sunderland supporters coach to thank all the travelling fans who turn up week after week."