It was far from a classic performance by Newcastle in the end but for many it didn't half hit the spot.
Basic things that had become impossible in the dark days of Sam Allardyce are now becoming second nature again for Kevin Keegan and his side with a 2-0 win over Sunderland making it five wins out of five for Special K in derby encounters.
Not only did Newcastle look so comfortable on the ball but their hunger to get black and white noses in front showed with Michael Owen's goal after four minutes.
And is there a better way to slap out the spirit of the opposition than netting a second right on the stroke of half time?
Owen's penalty was badly struck but it found the net and summed up that when it's going for you - it's going for you.
Newcastle could probably have had a few more in the second half but the Toon Army settled gratefully for 2-0 in the end.
It's six games unbeaten with three games left and Newcastle United aren't fearing any of their last three games even though West Ham and Everton away lie in wait.
And if Newcastle can start next season in the same way as they are finishing this one, exciting times are certainly ahead.
It's easy to get carried away but one thing worth remembering is that Premier League survival was only secured thanks to the 2-0 win over Sunderland and 41 points is still a pretty poor return over a season.
KK though, after a slow start, has turned it round.
The squad he's got to work with needs reshaping but no major surgery with the likes of Owen, Butt, Barton, Viduka, Martins, Beye, Taylor, Enrique, Milner all players to build a team around.
While the likes of Geremi, Faye, Harper and Given are also rock steady professionals.
And then you have players like Alan Smith, Damien Duff, Emre and Charles N'Zobgia all fighting to be part of this too.
Don't forget the youngs guns like Carroll, Edgar, LuaLua and Forster - all of them great prospects for the future.
KK has repeated a few times that three, four or five "quality" signings will also come in.
Whether they will be big name signings or players who will come in and do a job remains to be seen.
Unlike last summer though it doesn't look like it's a summer of false expectations like 12 months ago.
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