Everton came from a goal behind to defeat Newcastle in an exciting encounter at St James' Park.
The Magpies took the lead when Leon Best was on hand to nod in the loose ball after Tim Howard had parried Kevin Nolan's shot.
Leon Osman equalised with a calm finish following good combination play with Mikel Arteta down the left.
Phil Jagielka scored what proved to be the winner when he fired high into the net from Leighton Baines' free-kick .
The victory moved the visitors level on points with Newcastle and will come as welcome relief for David Moyes' side who have been knocked out of the FA Cup and suffered injuries to key players Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini in the past couple of weeks.
It was not, though, the best of starts for Everton who fell behind in the 23rd minute.
Perhaps even more galling was that the goal came from Newcastle's first foray into the Everton area.
The left-wing workhorse Jonas Gutierrez found defender Mike Williamson in the area, who in turn fed Kevin Nolan. The captain's snap-shot was parried by Howard but only across the six-yard box to Best who headed home his sixth goal of the season.
Round hails Everton's mental strength
It was exactly what Newcastle needed after a sluggish opening quarter, but the euphoria lasted only seven minutes.
Even without Cahill and Fellaini in midfield, Everton have enough quality in reserve to cause teams problems.
For the equaliser, Arteta and Osman combined on the left before the latter scored with a first-time shot from the Spaniard's cross.
With Newcastle dizzy from the left-hook, Everton landed another blow six minutes later when Jagielka got ahead of his marker Enrique to plant Baines' free-kick high past Steve Harper.
Moments later, Saha, more wasteful than usual today, was through on goal but failed to shoot before Harper could close him down.
The Frenchman missed four good chances in total, the second a header which he looped over the bar from eight yards.
He then failed to get a foot to Arteta's delicately weighted ball across the six yard area.
Newcastle switched off - Pardew
Last of all, the striker, with nine goals this season, hooked wide from the edge of the area.
His partner in attack, Jermaine Beckford, was more unlucky than profligate.
The former Leeds man twice tested Harper with stinging shots, the first from the left edge of the six-yard area and the second from just outside the box.
In the second half, Everton chances came on the break as Newcastle drove repeatedly into the Toffees area in search for an equaliser.
Nolan had two shots blocked, substitute Shola Ameobi had a powerful effort pushed wide by Howard while Best had the ball in the net only to be judged to have pushed Jagielka.
Seconds before the final whistle Seamus Coleman should have added a third for Everton but he found the chest of Harper rather than the net.
Everton assistant Steve Round: "We were very disappointed from last week and it was important to bounce back.
"The management had to pick the team up and the Everton players had to pick themselves up.
"They showed mental strength today. The goal really is just to win the next game and see where it goes."
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "I thought Best was a little bit unlucky with the equaliser that was disallowed.
"He backed into him, Jagielka. Unfortunately, Leon put his hands up - I have seen the replay and there's hardly a touch and he has gone down.
"I think the Everton defender was being smart there."
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