Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was delighted with the response he got from his team as they dumped Wolves deeper into relegation trouble by easing their own fears.
A 4-1 victory at St James' Park - just their second in 10 Barclays Premier League games - eased the Magpies seven points clear of the drop zone with seven games to go and left Wolves in 19th place.
It was exactly what Pardew was looking for after a 4-0 drubbing at Stoke a fortnight earlier.
He said: "If you work for the football club here in Newcastle, football up here is a religion to some people, it really is taken that seriously.
"Everywhere we went, we were reminded of how important this fixture was. It wasn't lost on the dressing room, rest assured of that, and we made sure we won the game.
"The performance at Stoke just started ringing a few alarm bells. But it was a one-off game at Stoke. It didn't go for us, it didn't work out, but we were back to what we are about here."