A tense 2-1 win over Wigan, combined with Huddersfield's defeat against Burton has seen the Magpies go 10 points clear of third in their bid for Championship promotion.
But how did Newcastle's players rate in the victory? Here we take a look...
Newcastle United XI
Karl Darlow - Very little to do. Did look a little shaky with one or two Wigan efforts at goal... 6
Vurnon Anita - A solid performance at right-back. Linked well with every attack... 7
Jamaal Lascelles - Not one of his better days. Three glaring errors... 5
Grant Hanley - Won everything. Did not give the Wigan forward line a moment's grace... 7
Paul Dummett - Another reliable show from the often under-fire left-back. Dependable... 6
Jack Colback - If unspectacular, he was heavily involved in the opening 45. Looked rejuvenated after the international break... 6
Jonjo Shelvey - As the game wore on he became more and more influential. Excelled further forward late on, too... 7
Matt Ritchie - Man of the match, yet again. His attitude, application and class make him stand out like a sore thumb at this level... 8
Mo Diame - Player admitted this is the worst season of his career. To be fair, things didn't get much better today... 5
Yoan Gouffran - A bit of an anonymous performance out of the left... 5
Dwight Gayle - Fed off scraps for much of the encounter, but when given an opportunity caused all kind of problems... 7
Christian Atsu (for Diame 63) - One or two bursts down the left but little impact... 5
Isaac Hayden (for Gouffran 70) - Full of energy in the middle. A decent run after six weeks out... 6
Ayoze Perez (for Gayle 80) - N/A
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Jesus Gamez, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Goals: Gayle 36, Ritchie 57
Wigan Athletic: Matt Gilks 7, Jake Buxton 5, Max Power 5, Sam Morsy (Alex Gilbey, 46, 6) 6, Callum Connelly 6, Omar Bogle (Ryan Colclough 46, 7) 5, Shaun MacDonald (Craig Morgan 63, 6) 5, Michael Jacobs 7, Stephen Warnock 7, Jame Hanson 7, Dan Burn 7.
Subs not used: David Perkins, Gabriel Obertan, Jakob Hauguard, Jack Byrne.
Yellow: Morsy, Burn
Goal: Jacobs 50
Referee: David Coote - Let a lot go. Made a mistake with Matt Ritchie penalty call... 6
Attendance: 51, 849