Goalkeeper Rob Elliot revealed his delight after helping Newcastle into the fourth round of the Carling Cup thanks to a dramatic win at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
The stopper, who was making his debut for the Magpies at the City Ground, put in an assured performance as Alan Pardew's side triumphed 4-3 after extra-time.
And the 25-year-old, who joined from Charlton during the summer transfer window, was largely pleased with his display.
He told the club's official website: "It wasn't your run-of-the-mill game, was it?
"The manager made some changes and gave the squad players a chance. He said there is very little between all the players in the squad and that this was our chance to impress, and I think we did that.
"We conceded a couple of sloppy goals, but I think all-in-all we were the better team, especially when we passed and moved it.
"I was pleased with my performance. I didn't see the first goal until after it was hit, and maybe if I had been sighted then I would have saved it, but you can't have everything perfect. I am always striving to improve, and I want to do that when I next get a chance.
"But generally I was pleased with my kicking, crosses and everything else, and the conditions weren't easy."
Skipper Fabricio Coloccini headed home at the back post with seconds remaining and Elliot admits he would have felt the pressure had the game gone to penalties.
"The biggest thing is that we wanted to win, so as long as we won, that was all that mattered, and it didn't matter if it was by extra-time, penalties or whatever.
"I was just pleased with the win and when Colo scored at the end it was a huge relief. The celebrations were huge. I was trying to stay calm as anything can happen in football, and then you celebrate once the final whistle has gone."