Yohan Cabaye believes Newcastle must follow the same path as former club Lille and use the Europa League as a springboard towards sustained success.
The Frenchman, who joined the Magpies for £4.8m last summer, will line up against Bordeaux in the Group D clash at St James' Park on Thursday night.
And the 26-year-old, who helped Lille towards the domestic double before moving to Tyneside, believes the French club's previous experience in the same tournament paved the way for glory.
"With Lille we played for three or four years in the Europa League and I think that competition helped us to win the French title and the French cup," said the midfielder.
"It's important to play 100% in this competition to get more experience for the future.
"Now we have got the Europa League, so we have to play to win the game because we are playing at home.
"We know Bordeaux are a good team, but we are a good team as well, so we have to win the game to have a winning mentality.
"I knew before I came here that Newcastle was and is still a big club in England, but last season we worked really hard every game to try to play in a European competition.
"The Europa League will give much experience to all players, especially the young ones, so we have to be focused and try to keep working to win every game and to play for the top of the league."