Newcastle beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Saturday with first-half goals from Demba Ba and Jonas Gutierrez as the highflying Magpies moved into third place and extended its unbeaten run in the Premier League to 10 games.
Three minutes from the end, Wolves gave the visitors a late scare when Steven Fletcher dived to head in a cross from Adam Hammill for his eighth goal in 12 league games.
Wolves almost grabbed a point in injury time but Kevin Doyle's close-range goal was disallowed as the cross in the buildup was ruled to have gone out of play.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul made a handful of stunning saves as Wolves slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Newcastle is third with 15 points but can be overtaken if Chelsea wins at Bolton on Sunday.