Alan Pardew's stay of execution as Newcastle United manager is set to continue after Papiss Cisse inspired a second half comeback to draw with Hull City at St James' Park.
Amid a muted fans protest in the north east the Tigers stormed into a two-goal lead through Nikica Jelavic's wondrous volley and Mohamed Diame's strike from range to seemingly leave Pardew on the brink.
But the introduction of Cisse changed the complexion of the game as the Senegal striker – returning from a long-term knee injury – scored twice within 14 minutes to snatch a point to give Pardew a huge boost in hopes of remained as Toon manager.
Reports prior to kick-off had suggested that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was ready to retain Pardew regardless of the result against the FA Cup runners-up however fans still need convincing after their winless start to their Premier League campaign continued.
And after the game, Pardew took aim at his host of critics and praised the character shown by his players after going two goals down with only a quarter of the game remaining.
"Sometimes you get a performance that we put in against Southampton that just isn't good enough, we know that and we didn't need every expert to tell us how bad we were, we knew that," the under-fire Newcastle boss said.
"We were unfortunate not to lead this game, we had a few chances but we made a mistake and we were punished and then a unbelievable goal out of nothing put us in a big, big hole.
"We had tremendous resolve today, the players have had to play under so much pressure today I am so proud of them. This was as much for Jonas this week and we wanted to do something for him and fort he club
"I am very proud to be Newcastle manager, it's one of the best jobs in the world and why would I not fight for it? I am fighting for it and the team today was a lot better."