The 51-year-old was stunned by Sunday's capitulation at St James' Park as his run of four positive results against the Black Cats came to a spectacular end.
However, he is urging his players to use a humbling 3-0 defeat to fuel them for their final five games of the season, and then into another battle for the title of the north-east's top dogs.
Pardew told the Chronicle: "Next year, we have to prove that we are a bigger and better club.
"That's in terms of our Premier League position by finishing well above them. That's what we are going to try to do next year.
"But first, we have got to make sure we play well in the last five games with good, solid performances."