Three points have never come easy this season for Newcastle United, and Sunday evening in St. James' Park against Stoke City, it seemed to be more of the same.
After an hour filled with plenty of Newcastle chances amounting to nothing, a foolish Cheick Tiote challenge in the 67th minute led to a Stoke penalty, well-taken by Jonathan Walters. It seemed as if once again the Toon army would have their hearts broken.
But the class of Yohan Cabaye, excellent vision from Sylvain Marveaux and some schoolboy antics from Steven Taylor have lifted the Magpies to 13th place in the Premier League, nine massive points adrift of the relegation zone.
Cabaye drilled in a perfect free kick just outside the box in the 72nd minute, and substitute Marveaux exquisitely picked out a surprisingly onside Papiss Cisse for the match winner just before stoppage time.
Newcastle are set to welcome Anzhi Makhachkala Tyneside on Thursday before heading to DW Stadium to face a Wigan Athletic side surging from an FA Cup quarterfinal victory over Everton.
After a feel-good victory like this one, it isn't unfathomable to picture the Magpies sweeping the week.