Alan Pardew said it was a relief to beat Morecambe 2-0 in the Capital One Cup second round after it was looking like an upset may have been on the cards.
Late goals form the Ameobi brothers, Shola and Sammy, won it for the Magpies, but it wasn't easy for Pardew's team.
He told Sky Sports: "This was a tough, tough game, make no mistake. We were really under the cosh with the power of that team.
"They're a very physical side, a big, big side, and they had a couple of good chances.
"They really accredited themselves well, the stadium, the fans, and especially the team.
"The second half I could sense we were going to get a goal. It was important for us to get a goal because obviously we haven't scored this year, so to get two goals was a nice bonus."
Pardew felt the introduction of Shola Ameobi and Hatem Ben Arfa changed the game, adding: "We probably wouldn't have won it without that little bit of quality from Hatem (Ben Arfa) in particular.
"And then Shola came on and gave us a bit more power."
Looking ahead to a home tie against Leeds in the third round, as well as Saturday's home match to Fulham, Pardew said: "Well, I'm pleased because it's the first time we've drawn them in the cup.
"We're set for the weekend, we have got no injuries, and that's what you want from this competition - get through and have no injuries."
Meanwhile, Morecambe manager Jim Bentley was pleased with his team's efforts, but was left to wonder what might have been.
He said: "At the end of the day, we have given a great account of ourselves. I think we were the better side in the first half, we just needed to score when we were on top.
"It could have been a whole different ball game. Their crowd might have got on top of them a little bit, it would have given us that little bit more confidence.
"But we gave a good account of ourselves, we had a right good go and I am proud of all the players tonight for their efforts."