Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says his side showed “passion and commitment” as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Swansea to put pressure on their relegation rivals.
Andros Townsend put in a man of the match display for the Magpies, scoring the third goal to seal a comprehensive win that boosts their chances of survival.
Defender Jamaal Lascelles opened the scoring via a Townsend corner, and skipper Moussa Sissoko was also on the scoresheet as Benitez claimed his first Newcastle win on his 56th birthday.
Newcastle remain in the drop zone but are now only three points behind Norwich in 17th, and also have the advantage of a game in hand.
Manager Benitez has now backed his players to replicate the impressive display as they aim to avoid relegation to the Championship.
Speaking after the match, Benitez said: “I have to say congratulations to the players. They showed passion and commitment. Thank you to the fans.
“If we stick together then it’s easier for us to approach the game and gives us the chance to win. The players that started were really good. And the other players who came on helped the team.”
The Spaniard praised his players after the win, but says his side must keep momentum with only five league games remaining.
“Striker Papiss Cisse was fantastic up front and Aleksandar Mitrovic was good too when he came on.
“When you win games everybody is happy. Today we saw what we expect from this team. We have to show the same in the other games.
“We were not thinking about the earlier win for Sunderland over Norwich. Now we can see the table but before the game it was about focusing on the game.
Asked whether he would celebrate the win on his birthday, Benitez said: “Now we have to keep the momentum. The main thing was to get the three points and we will celebrate with our friends.”