Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is under no illusion that his position at St James' Park remains under pressure despite the club's three-match winless run coming to an end with an extra-time victory over Crystal Palace which booked his side a place in the League Cup fourth round.
Paul Dummett's 112th minute header saw the 10-man Toon team book a clash with Manchester City after they had seemingly thrown away a place in the last 16.
Emmanuel Rivere's first goals for Newcastle in both halves put Pardew's side on the brink following Dwight Gayle's early penalty, but Sullay Kaikai equalised in the final minute of normal time with his debut goal for the Eagles.
But following the dismissal of Mehdi Abeid in the 100th minute, Dummett popped up with a diving header from debutant Adam Armstrong's cross seven minutes from time to give Pardew a much-needed respite.
Pardew has been given a vote of confidence by owner Mike Ashley after being retained for the 2-2 draw with Hull City, which saw Newcastle recover from two goals down, but the manager admits he remains under pressure regarding his role in the north east.
"The pressure is not going to go away from us while we are Newcastle United," Pardew said. "We sit at the bottom of the league and we haven't won a Premier League game.
"We have to put that right. We have two tough away games and we're here for the long haul. There are a lot of games to go and there is a big season to go. It's all to play for and we're looking forward to building on this small step.
Reacting to the daunting draw away at League Cup holders City, Pardew said: "It's not a happy hunting ground for us.
"God knows how many games have gone since we won there but it's the League Cup and in cup games anything can happen and that was proven tonight. It was a real swings and roundabouts game but I felt we deserved to win."