Newcastle ended their five-match losing streak in the Premier League as two second-half goals by Callum Wilson earned them a 2-0 win at Everton.
The pressure on Newcastle manager Steve Bruce was eased on Saturday after Wilson headed in a right-wing corner in the 73rd minute and then slotted home a finish on the counterattack in stoppage time.
His double handed Newcastle their first victory in the league since December 12 after two points in the intervening nine games had plunged them towards the relegation zone.
Although his side are still in fifth-to-last place, Bruce will be pleased not just with the result but with the nature of the performance at Goodison Park.
Everton were restricted to only half-chances unlike Newcastle, who had the game’s liveliest player in Wilson.
The striker’s powerful header from a corner was tipped onto the crossbar by Jordan Pickford in the first half, before he side-footed wide soon after halftime when played in by winger Ryan Fraser.
After giving Newcastle the lead with his ninth league goal this season, Wilson had an opportunity to make it 2-0 after rounding Pickford but his shot from a tight angle struck the post.
He eventually doubled his tally for the afternoon after receiving a cross-field pass from Jamal Lewis and beating Pickford with a low shot.