United were turned over by Newcastle 3-0 last night.
"It's the start of the new year, start as we mean to go on," said Ameobi.
"We didn't really show up against Liverpool so that was a great opportunity for us.
"We got a fantastic win.
"We saw what Blackburn did to them a few days ago and we thought that could be something we could work on - get the ball in behind them and squeeze them up the pitch."