Alan Shearer has told Sky Sports that Newcastle United's performance against Chelsea has given him hope that an improvement in their form could be just around the corner.
The Magpies played positively against Chelsea, and nearly managed to triumph, but let in two late goals to draw 2-2 with the reigning Premier League champions.
Newcastle's display was still an encouraging one, and Shearer feels that an upturn in form could occur if they maintain those performance levels.
"It's been a hard thing to take as probably their two best performances this season have been against Manchester United and Chelsea," he said.
"Their worst performances were against Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, which it doesn't take a genius to work out.
"So I am hoping that after that game last weekend, which the players can take confidence from, they can move forward and win a game now."
Newcastle's showing against Chelsea had all the characteristics that they have been so desperately lacking throughout the season so far.
The North East club finally played with tempo and passion, and they received a good ovation from their supporters at the end of the match, as their efforts were clear to see.
It has set a standard for them to meet from now on, but their fixture list is not doing them any favours as they go in search of their first league win.
Newcastle have a game against Manchester City next on their schedule, and they will need to improve further if they are to get anything out of that contest.