The game on Tyneside was delayed by an hour because of a faulty scoreboard, deemed hazardous to fan safety by the busiest referee in the world this week Martin Atkinson.
Once the game got under way Newcastle slowly began to edge a close affair.
Papiss Cisse should have scored an open goal but his blushes were spared by team-mate Gabriel Obertan - who fired in a 71st minute winner.
Newcastle have had it tough this season, injuries to some of their more impressive performers has certainly not helpes matters.
Rolando Aarons looked like being a star for the season after his early form. The youngster is however currently nursing a hamstring strain back to full fitness. He is expected back in November.
Siem De Jong cost £6 million from Ajax in the summer and impressed with his early season form. However he is still on crutches, as revealed yesterday, because of a torn thigh muscle.
He is expected back after Christmas.
But the pair were more than pleased to watch their team pick up all three points yesterday - sharing these messages on Twitter after the game...
So happy we won today! Gabby's the man!— Rolando Aarons (@R_Aarons16) October 18, 2014