There is more to come from Newcastle, according to their director of rugby Dean Richards, after they snatched a 24-22 victory at the death against Northampton.
Nili Latu went over from the final play, with Tane Takulua slotting the crucial conversion to end a run of four straight defeats for the Falcons.
Sinoti Sinoti and Josh Matavesi had earlier got tries for Newcastle, with Richards praising his side's stubborn defence.
Harry Mallinder had opened the scoring, with Dylan Hartley's try and five points from the boot of Piers Francis putting them 19-17 up with 10 minutes to play.
But the Saints defence was breached to consign them to their fifth straight Premiership defeat and director of rugby Jim Mallinder rued his side's lack of clinical edge.