Alan Shearer last night finally conjured up the managerial magic that could keep Newcastle in the Barclays Premier League.
A double second-half change inspired Newcastle to a 3-1 win against Middlesbrough with substitutes Obafemi Martins and Peter Lovenkrands scoring important goals as the club moved out of the bottom three for the first time in two months.
But stand-in boss Shearer has warned his players that their battle against the drop is far from over. He said: 'I have told the players to enjoy this because it has been a longtime. We are out of the bottom three and we have to make sure we don't go back in there.
'This is the first step and it is the first game of three but we asked them to go out andget three points and they did. They were magnificent under difficult circumstancesbut they have to do it again against a very good Fulham side and it will be tough.'
Newcastle, who face the London side at St James' Park on Saturday,secured their first home win of the year to send Hull City into therelegation zone.
They even managed to come from behind for the first time in 14 months to cancelout Habib Beye's third minute own goal. Steven Taylor headed them level within six minutes to equalise before Shearer's substitutions changed and won the game.
Martins put the home side in to the lead within 55 seconds of replacing MichaelOwen and Lovenkrands put the game beyond Boro with four minutes left.
Martins, who was on the bench after complaining of a groin strain, slipped as hetapped Kevin Nolan's flick past Jones. But Shearer was not complaining.'Someone said it is better to be lucky manager than a good one,' hesaid.
'When you send someone on you are asking them to make an impact but you don't expect it after 55 seconds.'
Boro, meanwhile face manager Gareth Southgate's former club Aston Villa at the Riverside on Saturday before a final day visit to West Ham. The Boro boss, who three years ago was leading the side in the UEFA Cup Final in Eindhoven, accepts he hasto win both to stay up.
He said: 'It was a difficult evening and there is a lot of anguish in the dressingroom. To lose in the manner we did after going ahead is very difficult to take. Wegave everything but key moments went against us.'