Newcastle manager Alan Pardew saluted his players as they claimed a 1-1 draw at Sunderland, despite playing for more than an hour with 10 men.
Yohan Cabaye scored after three minutes at the Stadium of Light before Cheick Tiote was sent off after 25 minutes for a rash kick at Sunderland's Steven Fletcher.
Sunderland grabbed a point when John O'Shea's flick on from Sebastian Larsson's free-kick struck Demba Ba flush in the face and flew past a startled Tim Krul.
Pardew told Sky Sports: "It was a magnificent effort. We said to the players before the game how important it was to the fans, we've now shown how important it is to us.
"Playing an hour with 10 men, if we could have just seen it out it would have been one of the greatest victories ever here. But it's a great point and I'm very proud of my players."
Regarding Tiote's red card, Pardew added: "At first I didn't think it was that bad, but looking back at it again we can't have any complaints. But what a response from the rest of the group."