Newcastle United grabbed their first away win of the season against fellow strugglers Aston Villa to leave the latter firmly in a battle for survival.
Papiss Demba Cisse and Yohan Cabaye had taken the Magpies to a 2-0 lead by the 31st minute and although Christian Benteke pulled a goal back from the spot four minutes after the break, Newcastle held on for the points.
Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran were handed their debuts by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew and it paid off with Sissoko setting up the opening goal.
The hosts had a shout for a penalty 14 minutes in when Benteke's low cross seemed to strike the hand of Fabricio Coloccini but the referee waved play on.
Davide Santon then worked Brad Guzan at the other end with a dipping drive before Cisse broke the deadlock after latching onto a pass from Sissoko.
Cabaye followed with their second goal soon after with the French midfielder lashing a superb strike past the goalkeeper from 25 yards out.
Villa boss Paul Lambert made to changes at the break with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann replacing Bent and Joe Bennett.
The hosts looked rejuvenated and four minutes in a clumsy challenge from Mathieu Debuchy just inside the area on Agbonlahor saw Villa handed a penalty. Benteke stepped up and sent Tim Krul the wrong way.
Villa had a real go at it in the second period but Newcastle showed maturity to stand firm and claimed all three points.