The last 24 hours have been a dream of Inception-like proportions for Newcastle United fans.
The result means Chelsea now slip further from the top four with a congested schedule beginning to take its toll and likely to get worse; while Arsenal fans are hardly comfortable with their hold on third place themselves.
Yohan Cabaye put the Magpies in front in the 14th minute, converting Papiss Cisse's initial header off the crossbar. The French-Senagalese duo combined again to put the Toon two up in the 18th, and Cabaye put the game out of reach in the 57th.
Remarkably enough, no one got hurt, and better yet the Magpies didn't show signs of collapsing after taking a 2-0 lead into halftime.
That collection of results now puts Newcastle United into fourth place, three points clear of Tottenham and almost guaranteeing them European football next season, but also making the dream of a Champions League return a very real prospect.
Looking ahead, the team doesn't exactly have a walk in the (St James') park as far as runs home go.
Next week they hit up Wigan (and probably a Warriors game while they're there. When in Rome and all), before heading to Stamford Bridge and UCL-contending rivals Chelsea.
Given the three other fixtures, anything less than three points at Wigan would be considered a serious failure.
Tottenham Hotspur still have a game in hand, Chelsea's draw with Arsenal came from a fairly weak squad with the Champions League semis versus Barcelona clearly in mind (they obviously intend to enjoy it while it lasts), and the Gunners should still pick up at least six points from their last three games.
On paper, relegation-battling Wigan should be a comfortable victory. Newcastle's away record (seven wins, three draws, six losses) looks pretty solid against Wigan's ledger at home (three wins, seven draws, seven losses).
The last time Newcastle won six games in a row, they walked away with silverware. Confidence is at a supreme high right now, and the prize is just in sight.
But if Newcastle haven't learned the grim lessons from those big clubs and Liverpool, they don't deserve to fly the English flag next season.
The worst thing they can possibly do is take their most recent contest for granted. When that happens, scoreboard anxiety kicks in—and that's where teams get unsettled and start making mistakes potentially worth about £20 million.
Wigan will come out with a clinical defensive display and everything to play for. They've shown they can match up with the big boys when they have to, and at this stage of the season they still most certainly have to.
For Newcastle, the result against Stoke must be treated as though it were a loss. Forget the table, coming back hard next week is the only thing that matters.
Fortunately, focus hasn't really been an issue this season. The Magpies have only had consecutive losses once this season (to Chelsea and then Norwich).
If both teams walk out onto the Dome of Wigan Stadium and play their best football, Newcastle should leave as winners.
But this game coming up is a massive banana skin for them, and you can't afford to drop points before you run the gauntlet.