The striker was in fine form on Saturday afternoon.
The striker was returned to the starting line up for the clash with the Magpies after Divock Origi was injured in the win over Everton in midweek.
He was clearly keen to show why he should be a more regular starter in future, having fallen out of favour in recent weeks, as he struck within two minutes to give his side the lead.
It was a goal that demonstrated Sturridge’s quality in front of goal, and both Sinclair and Hartson praised him for the effort.
"The movement from Sturridge for the goal is brilliant,” Sinclair told BBC Sport.
“He is on the shoulder of the defender, but he has got no right to score, he's got two defenders on him.”
"A great finish form Sturridge,” added Hartson.
“Who knows, he might not have started if Origi wasn't injured. The Newcastle defence was far too slack though - Sturridge was allowed to turn and he stuck it in the corner.”
With Origi now out injured and Benteke unlikely to be first choice, Sturridge will be hoping he can stake his claim between now and the end of the season.
There is no denying his goalscoring quality, and it is arguably more important that he demonstrate his long term fitness and avoid any more injuries.
It is not just his club he has to prove it to either, with a place in England’s squad very much up for grabs if he can put together a run of form between now and the end of the season.