Final Score: Newcastle United 4 Southampton 2
Alan Pardew got the win he craved as Newcastle fought back to beat former club Southampton and complete a good week.
The Magpies, who booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League in Ukraine on Thursday evening, added three priceless Barclays Premier League points to their haul to ease themselves six clear of the relegation zone.
For Pardew, who was sacked by the Saints in August 2010, the win - his side's third in four league games - served up a measure of revenge for November's 2-0 defeat on the South Coast, but more importantly, allowed him to start looking upwards once again rather than anxiously over his shoulder.
They fell behind to Morgan Schneiderlin's third-minute strike, but Moussa Sissoko's third goal for the club and a superb Papiss Cisse volley gave them the advantage at the break.
Rickie Lambert, a player who was given his Saints chance by Pardew, levelled five minutes into the second half, but Yohan Cabaye's 67th-minute penalty and a Jos Hooiveld own goal 11 minutes from time ensured that the points stayed on Tyneside.
More Newcastle Utd News
- Full-time: Newcastle 2 Swansea City 3
- Newcastle boss does not respect Owen's opinion
- Janmaat and Carver do not want unwanted record at Newcastle
- Carver desperate for happier times at Newcastle after protests
- Jonas returns but Newcastle keeper not heading for Palace says Carver
- Sammy's summer of change at Newcastle
- Manchester United and Southampton both target Newcastle defender
- Newcastle boycott organisers promise "long campaign" against Ashley
- Colback embarrassed by Newcastle's plight as worries increase on Tyneside
- De Jong and Armstrong push claims with Newcastle reserves