Newcastle battered 10-man Fulham into submission to climb into fourth place in the Premiership table for at least 24 hours with their eighth successive league win at St James' Park.
Sir Bobby Robson's men scored through Nolberto Solano and Craig Bellamy andcould even afford a 48th-minute penalty miss from skipper Alan Shearer, still yet to score a top-flight goal against the Londoners, on an afternoon when they might have won by a cricket score.
It was a personal triumph for Solano, who was this week challenged by his manager to fight for his place.
He turned in a fine individual display in a team performance which improved the longer it went on.
And Bellamy also brought his influence to bear increasingly as Fulham's tired legs grew heavier by the minute following Pierre Wome's sending-off.
But while the home side, for whom Kieron Dyer was outstanding, finished with a flurry, Robson will have been equally delighted with the way they scrapped when they had to, especially before the break, to keep Fulham at bay.
Newcastle went into the game justifiably proud of their run of seven consecutive Premiership victories in their own back yard and determined not to allow a side which had not won in six outings to end it.
And in an entertaining first half they ensured that their record had every chance of remaining intact.
Fulham, as ever, played some fine flowing football but again as so often in the past, lacked the firepower to make the most of the space they created with Sean Davis and Sylvain Legwinski enjoying a titanic battle with Dyer and Gary Speed in the middle of the park.
The Magpies always looked the more likely to make the most of their possession, but they were no less grateful for a helping hand from keeper Edwin van der Sar.
Keeper Edwin van der Sar suffered a 45 minutes he will want to forget quickly as he served up a series of mis-hit clearances to black and white shirts, one of which provided Solano with his opportunity to mark his return to action in style.
Bellamy, under orders to put the keeper under pressure from back-passes, did just that with eight minutes gone and he promptly spooned his clearance to the Peruvian, who chested the ball down before lifting a delicious lob over the hopelessly stranded Dutchman and into the net.
Shearer powered an 11th-minute header into the side-netting after Dyer had surged into space down the right, and both the United skipper and Bellamy tested van der Sar's confidence with well-struck efforts which required solid saves.
But as the visitors regained their composure, they started to put the home defence under greater pressure, although neither Steve Marlet nor make shift strike partner Steed Malbranque enjoyed any real service, and it was left to Davis and full-back Rufus Brevett to try their luck from distance.
However, Robson's side continued to pose the greater threat and van der Sar's afternoon almost got a lot worse with 21 minutes gone when he again mis-directed a clearance to Solano and had to rely on former Sunderland defender Andy Melville to get him out of trouble with a goal-line clearance.
The first-half drew to a close with the teams still separated by Solano's lone strike, but with a crowd of 51,576 knowing there was a lot more football to come.
And they were not to be disappointed.
Shearer rarely misses penalties, but he did so in spectacular style just three minutes after the restart after Davis was harshly penalised for a tug on Dyer's shirt.
But undaunted, the United skipper dusted himself down and then lured van der Sar into an ill-advised challenge which cost him a booking and ultimately ended his afternoon through injury a few minutes later. The Dutchman kept out a low Shearer drive from the resulting free-kick before making way for Maik Taylor on 62 minutes, but he can hardly have settled himself into the bath before he was joined by Wome, who was dismissed for a dreadful challenge on Andy Griffin three minutes later.
United were dominating, but it was not until the 70th-minute that they madethe pressure tell, Dyer robbing Davis before feeding Bellamy, who showed Melville a clean pair of heels before firing home left-footed.
The Welshman could have doubled his tally within three minutes, but was this time denied by Taylor, but the pressure was mounting all the time.
Taylor threw up an arm to keep out Robert's 81st-minute pile driver, but it was one-way traffic as time ran down.
And the Frenchman should have wrapped it up in style in injury-time afterbeing played in by substitute Shola Ameobi, but the home supporters left morethan happy with another three points regardless