Southampton defeated relegation threatened Newcastle 3-1 at St Mary’s in the Barclays Premier League.
First-half goals from Shane Long and Graziano Pelle gave the hosts a deserved lead and Victor Wanyama added a third after halftime.
Andros Townsend’s 65th minute goal made for an interesting finish but the result keeps Newcastle six points from safety with six matches remaining.
Southampton held firm in its efforts to return to the Europa League next season and is within three points of Manchester United, who has a game in hand, and an automatic place.
Pelle nearly opened the scoring on two minutes from a corner kick, but his header was saved by Karl Darlow.
The hosts were rewarded moments later as Long broke past four defenders following a one-two in the midfield with Pelle before rolling the ball past the keeper.
In a rare first-half occurrence, Ayoze Perez broke into the Southampton box in search of an immediate response but Jose Fonte blocked the attempt from reaching goal.
Newcastle twice put its keeper under duress in a span of four minutes with Darlow having to clean up mistakes following soft back passes.
Jordy Clasie then saw his curling free kick from a tight angle go narrowly beyond the far post in the 21st minute whilst Dusan Tadic had an effort prevented from reaching its target.
Though Pelle made it 2-0 seven minutes from halftime after taking advantage of Daryl Janmaat’s slip up in the midfield, which freed Tadic down the left and allowed the Serbian to play a ball into the box.
Southampton stayed on the front foot in the second half and grabbed a third goal when Victor Wanyama scored from a rebound on 55 minutes.
But down 3-0, Newcastle awoke and forced Fraser Forster into two saves just seconds apart.
Andros Townsend gave the visitors something to play for over the final half hour when he turned in a left-footed effort from distance.
Southampton’s win was highlighted by the return of Jay Rodriguez after a six month layoff from injury, who replaced Tadic in the 84th minute.
Southampton: Forster, Bertrand, van Dijk, Fonte, Martina, Clasie (Romeu 77), Wanyama, Mane, Long (Ward-Prowse 60), Tadic (Rodriguez 84), Pelle.
Unused subs: Stekelenburg, Soares, Yoshida, Austin.
Goals: Long (4), Pelle (38), Wanyama (55).
Newcastle: Darlow, Janmaat (de Jong 48), Taylor (Lascelles 46), Mbemba, Anita, Sissoko, Shelvey, Townsend, Winjaldum, Perez (Cisse 70), Mitrovic.
Unused subs: Woodman, Dummett, Obertan, Tiote,
Goals: Townsend (65).