Riviere found the net against Queens Park Rangers but it wasn't enough to secure Newcastle's survival, and it goes down to the final day when they take on West Ham United.
It will be a crumb of comfort for a Newcastle side who were unable to hold on to their lead and ensure their Premier League status will be secured for another season.
Things are getting tense for Newcastle, but they at least have a forward who has had a personal boost going into the final day of the season clash against West Ham United at St James' Park.
Riviere was frustrated however, and is quoted in the Shields Gazette, saying: “I’m disappointed because my goal didn’t give the team a win. The most important thing for me is that the team gets points.
“For the next game, it gives me confidence. I’ll try to help the team.”
Going into the final weekend of the season, John Carver's side are just two points above the relegation zone, and Hull City could overtake them should they surprise everyone by beating Manchester United on the final day at the KC Stadium.
Newcastle have some reason to be hopeful ahead of Sunday's finale to the season. Though their form is woeful, West Ham United are not exactly in the best shape as they have stuttered along during the second half of the season themselves, and if they put on a good performance there is a chance they can survive by doing the work themselves rather than relying on a favour from elsewhere.