With one mighty swing of his right leg, Papiss Cisse smashed home the goal of the season, won three crucial points for Newcastle, revitalised their bid for Champions League football and pushed Chelsea to the brink of a humiliating sixth-place finish.
And what a goal it was. From a narrow angle, outside the penalty area, Cisse caught the ball on his laces and lashed it through the night air, sending it swirling over Petr Cech into the far corner of the goal.
On the halfway line, Didier Drogba could only shake his head and smile. It was an astonishing, magical strike from a man who has now scored 13 goals in just 12 games and it will give hope to Manchester United fans everywhere.
If Newcastle can do this to Chelsea, what will they do to Manchester City on Sunday?
Sir Alex Ferguson will have loved this performance. If his own team can't summon up the strength and endeavour to beat Roberto Mancini's men, perhaps someone else can.
United, contrary to all perceptions and predictions, have choked badly in recent weeks. Newcastle could do them a huge favour at the Sports Direct Arena on Sunday. They are quite capable of winning.