The return of Joey Barton from injury has instilled confidence in Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear.
Kinnear believes that having the midfielder back in the first team will go a long way to keeping the club in the top flight this season.
"Having Joey back is a big bonus," Kinnear told the club's official website.
"I thought it was important to give him a run out at Blackburn and then again in Tuesday's game with Carlisle.
"He has a great desire to win and is a box-to-box midfielder who will give his all.
"He could be a very important player for us between now and the end of the season."