The Senegalese striker struggled at St James' Park as the Magpies battled from a goal down to level through Yohan Cabaye before a 92nd minute winner gave them maximum points and Pardew was relieved his star attacker managed to come good when it counted.
"Papiss, I think, would be the first to tell you he was awful. He didn't do anything, really, to influence other than doing well on some defensive issues for us," Pardew said.
"But then the moment comes. It's an eye-of-the-needle pass from Marveaux, which he has [in his game]. The ball pops up and most strikers would snatch at that.
"But he let it come all the way down and finished it and in the 92nd minute, that's not easy to do, trust me."