Match-winner Isaac Hayden has admitted he could not have chosen a better time to score his first goal of the season after striking at the death to see off Chelsea.
The versatile 24-year-old, who started Saturday evening's game in central midfield and ended it at right wing-back, found himself in the right place at the right time to head Allan Saint-Maximin's cross past Kepa Arrizabalaga in the fourth minute of stoppage time to clinch a 1-0 win.
For Hayden, whose last strike came at Wolves in February last year, it was well worth the wait, even if the ball did end up in the back of the net in slightly unorthodox fashion.
He told NUFC TV: "Allan, it was a fantastic ball from him – it was almost on a plate, really, it was harder to miss.
Lampard left Tyneside once again bemoaning his side's lack of cutting edge, but more than happy with much of what he had seen ahead of Tuesday evening's derby clash with Arsenal.
Asked what his message to the players would be, he told Chelsea TV: "Heads up, heads up, Arsenal in a few days time.
"They can't give any more – there's no point in me putting on a video of that and showing them getting in and around the box and not being able to get that little finish because everyone wants to do the same thing.
"We practise it, we work on it, we want to score goals and we're getting in there, so they have to get their heads up and I have to make sure they get their heads up."