Leon Best answered his manager's call for others to step up in Demba Ba's absence - and hopes his goal will be the catalyst for many more.
Best ended his four-month drought on Sunday to fire Newcastle to a 1-0 Premier League victory over Queens Park Rangers.
The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international turned brilliantly to slot past keeper Paddy Kenny and provide further evidence that 15-goal Ba's sabbatical might not prove too costly after all.
"It was due," admitted Best. "I did need a goal.
"I didn't beat myself up and get myself down, I knew it was a matter of time. But it was a nice goal and hopefully it will spur me on to many more.
"Obviously, a striker likes to score every week, but if you are not scoring, then the main thing is to help the team and do something else and bring something else.
"But I got the goal and the team got the three points, so it was a massive thing."
Pardew's faith in Best has been rewarded after suffering the disappointment of not managing to land the big-name striker he has targeted since Andy Carroll's £35million departure for Liverpool 12 months ago.
The Magpies have since rekindled their interest in Paris St Germain's Turkey international Mevlut Erding, suggesting that Best's reminder of his talents could hardly have been more timely.
"Leon has played a lot of games for us this year and we haven't lost many when he has started," said Pardew. "But it was good for him to get a goal. It's good for his confidence and good for us."
Best's display in the absence of Ba was mirrored by the excellent performance of Danny Guthrie, understudying for Cheick Tiote, and Pardew feels this shows the strength in depth at Newcastle.
"It goes to show how good we are as a squad," he added. "Danny did very well - he got man of the match and he has done it a few times.
"He's a very good player and sometimes, people don't give him the respect he is due.
"He showed it today, and Hatem as well. When he came on, he did very, very well.
"That's what we are about. We are about the starting XI to do a job and the people who are coming on doing a job just as well."
Newcastle will head for Fulham next Saturday looking to extend a run of four wins in five games before leaving Tyneside behind for a few days.
Pardew added: "After Fulham, we are going to go away and get some sun on our backs.
"It's been a long Christmas programme for us and we have had a good Christmas, really good, especially the back end of it, so I am really pleased at the minute."