NEWCASTLE goalkeeper Tim Krul hopes tonight's "massive win" over Wigan can kick-start his sides season.
Demba Ba scored twice, the first from a disputed penalty which saw the Latics Maynor Figueroa sent off, before Gael Bigirimanas first senior goal rounded off a 3-0 win.
It ended a run of four straight defeat for the Magpies and Krul told Sky Sports 1: "It's a massive win for us, we knew we needed the three points. The pressure was on, but the intensity we had at Stoke, we did that again and started really well.
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"We must be proud, we can take a lot of confidence from this - we needed this. I think tonight we showed what a quality team we are."
The possibly fortunate penalty award, after Figueroa tangled with Papiss Cisse, undoubtedly went a long way towards shaping the game but Krul said: "I don't think we've had many breaks this season, we've lost a lot of players to injuries and luck has not been on our side.
"It has been hard, so many injuries and losing games is a new experience for us, especially after last season, but we need to stick together."
Bigirimana announced himself to the St James' Park faithful in spectacular style with a curling, dipping left-foot drive from 20 yards and admitted he had been overwhelmed in the immediate aftermath.
He said: "Me and Papiss were planning to dance if we scored, but it was my first goal ever as a professional and I just gave thanks to God."
He added: "It's hard to come to a new club as a young player but you've got to step up - the manager bought us so he trusts us."