Stoke City boss Tony Pulis was delighted with his side after they came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse scored early in the second half for the visitors, but Stoke battled back to level through Jonathan Walters before Cameron Jerome swept home the winner with five minutes remaining.
"Their goal gave them a lift but they are still a good side. Although they have players missing they are still a good side and it is a great victory for us, we showed great character," he said.
"We missed a couple of really good opportunities to go in front and when they score you have to show a lot of character to get back in the game and then go on and win it."
Pulis brought on goal hero Jerome, who also created Walters's equaliser, just after the hour and he believes his introduction along with that of Michael Kightly changed the game.
"For 15 to 20 minutes they looked very comfortable and then we made the changes with Kights and Cameron Jerome and that changed the game...