It was a night for big calls, big performances and big characters at St James's Park.
Thankfully for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, both he and his players ticked all those boxes.
It was a close-run thing because as the clock ticked down on Tyneside, it appeared that the visitors' evening would end in frustration.
Steve Bruce's side were eyeing an unlikely point. They had hung in there – somehow – but finally the walls caved in against the red tide.
Three strikes in the final four minutes by Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford ended the dogged resistance of the hosts as Solskjaer's campaign finally spluttered into life.
It was a personal triumph for Fernandes who had seen Toon keeper Karl Darlow save a second-half penalty.
And it was also a morale-boosting evening for skipper Harry Maguire.
After a week in which the £80m defender found himself – yet again – in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons following his midweek dismissal for England against Denmark, he nodded home the equaliser to drag his side back into the game following Luke Shaw's calamitous second-minute own goal.
But what will please Solskjaer most will be the fact that he saw a reaction. After conceding 11 goals prior to last night, he made five changes to the team that had surrendered against Spurs.
Were it not for Darlow, the score could have been much more embarrassing for the hosts.
Here, we rate the players on both sides…
Stunning penalty save plus two good stops from Mata and Rashford
Swede's cross was deflected in for the opener then had to defend
Got in some key blocks as United dominated possession and got shots in
Cleared of the line from Rashford on a busy evening stemming the red tide
Clipped Rashford to concede a penalty but was assured on the ball
Screened the defence and tried to be destructive in the face Fernandez
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Worked the right side of midfield well and kept the tactical shape
Gets through a lot of running and is always in thick of action
Cleared off the line from Maguire's header and played a short range game
Hit the post with a cracking shot and showed some sublime dribbling skill
Worked the front line alone well despite being isolated and lacking service
De Gea 7
Didn't react to react deflection off Shaw but great save from Wilson
Played very advanced and smashed home his first ever goal for the club
Man-marked Callum Wilson and competed well without looking in trouble
A towering header for equaliser to give the under fire England man some cheer
Horror moment two minutes in when his attempt at a block flew in for OG
Rattled by Newcastle's snappy midfield and couldn't get a grip of game
Steady in the holding role, nothing special, but shielded well
Some decent probing around the box and forced good save from Darlow
Penalty miss his first in 11 efforts, but grabbed a late winner with brilliant finish
Neat exchanges on the edge of the box but bad foul on Saint-Maximin
Caused trouble with his pace running in behind and won a penalty
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