Not for the first time this season, the Toffees were guilty of a lethargic start, as the hosts took a second-minute lead through Papiss Cisse.
However, Everton quickly regrouped and deservedly pulled level moments before half-time thanks to a stunning free kick from Leighton Baines.
Both sides pressed for a second-half winner, but a wonderfully worked team move presented Victor Anichebe with an easy chance that the Nigerian took full advantage of.
The Toffees held onto their lead, taking three points from St James' Park for only the second time in David Moyes' tenure.
Here's six Everton-related talking points to emerge from this fixture.