After a disastrous start to the season the chopping block has become the place Newcastle manager Alan Pardew lays his head at the end of each day of graft.
So much more was expected after a summer in which a total of nine signings arrived on Tyneside to inject some much-needed pizazz into proceedings.
Yet it seems that the silver-haired touchline time bomb has placed renewed faith in members of the St James’ Park playing staff that still remember the fifth-place glory days to thank for a more hopeful atmosphere around the club.
The Magpies are still languishing in 19th spot without a win to their name, but their spirited away showing at Swansea will give them hope of changing that very soon.
However, new boys Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Ayoze Perez were conspicuous by their absence from the XI.
The latter pair were introduced from the bench, while Cabella, the supposed jewel in the crown of the summer spree, sat the match out altogether.
Only Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback survived being struck from the starting register by Pardew.
Instead the likes of Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and yes, even Gabriel Obertan were among the architects of a fine away point at the Liberty Stadium.
The first named bagged both goals, with the Frenchman’s low-cross the source of initial equaliser.
Meanwhile, Tiote, who started the season unsettled after a summer full of rumours he was off to Russia, put in a game-high five tackles as Newcastle refused to lie down.
In many ways the manner in which Pardew played his hand against Swansea was the way he should have managed his summer influx in microcosm.
Rather than pitch them into a pressure-cooker tableau from the start en masse, the additions would have been better blooded from the bench and given time to get to grips with a new league.