Tayls of the unexpected on Wearside
They say sometimes that truth can be stranger than fiction - not for the first time it was perfectly applicable to Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light.
Not many are able to predict the twists of the black and white tapestry, but this one was a pleasant surprise to some.
In a emotionally pumped week that has included transfer woe, talk of FA charges, talk of Premier League rule breaking and problems surrounding the overall shape of the team, the scenes that greeted the final whistle from the away end at the Stadium of Light were a sight for sore eyes.
Indeed, as United players tossed their shirts into the Geordie crowd at the end of the 1-0 victory over Sunderland it was hard to believe it was the same team who started the team under pressure.
And considering the winning goal came from a player who started the week staring at the possibility of being dropped in Ryan Taylor, it all marked another topsy turvy week on Tyneside.
Taylor now joins an exclusive club of derby free-kick heroes such as Liam O'Brien and Scott Sellars and will probably never need to buy a drink in the Toon again.
There was even a stint at the top of the table for 20 minutes or so just to add to all the drama.
But this win has to be classed as a huge victory for Alan Pardew and his team.
Plenty of questions have been asked of Pardew and his team and here he answered some of them when it comes to team spirit and whether or not his players are fighting for the cause.
Defeat on Wearside was unthinkable while many would have been happy to grab a draw.
However, as Toon fans chanted "Ryan Taylor - over the wall" the win proved to ease at least some tension after a tough, tough summer.
Now it will be up to Pardew's board to get signings over the line before the window slams shut.
Toon fans aren't fooled by a single goal win against Sunderland, new additions are STILL required, not least a striker and a left-back.
For now, United fans will enjoy this sweet, sweet victory against a team whose fans genuinely believed they'd stole a march on Newcastle with their summer signings.
Indeed, several of Sunderland's summer signings were also tracked by United - but it was the likes of Wes Brown and Seb Larsson who emerged as deflated looking figures by the end of the Stadium of Light.
If Newcastle United's new boys such as Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan and Demba Ba wanted a start to the season to build on, then they've certainly got one.
*For further analysis see Monday's Chronicle.