Boss Steve Bruce insisted Newcastle must finish their Premier League survival job after Callum Wilson claimed a second-half brace in a stunning 4-2 win at Leicester.
Wilson’s double added to first-half goals from Joe Willock and Paul Dummett as the Magpies shocked the Foxes.
Bruce’s side will be safe if Fulham drop points against Burnley on Monday as the Cottagers can only match their tally of 39 points.
Steve Bruce insists his Newcastle side must now finish their Premier League survival job
Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho scored two late consolations for the Foxes, who suffered a potentially-damaging blow to their Champions League qualification hopes.
Newcastle climbed to 13th in the table but Bruce promised not to relax in their survival fight.
He said: ‘We are a darn sight better off than a month ago. We have made huge strides but we cannot take anything for granted.
Callum Wilson claimed a second-half brace in a stunning 4-2 win at Leicester on Friday night
‘It’s a nice easy one against Manchester City next week, until you get to the magic figure you don’t know what it is but we have given ourselves a chance of getting past 44 points which is what we got last year.
‘We are not safe, we are almost there. Until it is done we have to get ready for the next challenge.
‘Once the big players return, it makes a difference. We have struggled with injuries and Covid-19 and that has been a major change.
‘We were a threat, we were clinical which helps. It was as good as we have played in the couple of years I’ve been here.’