The smell of redemption lingered around St James’ Park long after the departure of those who had witnessed Newcastle’s comeback from 2-0 down against Hull City.
While its heady perfume clung to the lapels of Alan Pardew’s whistle and flute, the real source of the scent was the still smoking boots of Papiss Cisse.
Returning from a broken patella months ahead of schedule, Cisse arguably saved the job of the man who brought him to the north east with his first double since the blockbuster 2011/12 Chelsea brace that took the Tynesiders to within a whisker of the Champions League.
Form had deserted the 29-year-old in the intervening seasons to the extent that few members of the Toon Army won’t have wondered whether he didn’t sell his soul to the devil in return for fleeting glories in the manner of Dr Faustus or, allegedly, blues guitar titan Robert Johnson.
Yet after a substantial lay-off there are more than simply coincidental signs that he can at least equal the Premier League haul of his maiden campaign.
After all, prior to those wilderness seasons he’d bagged at a rate of a goal every other game for four of the previous five years.
Cisse is 17/20 to notch more than the 13 goals providence brought him in 14 games following his January move from Freiburg four seasons ago.
Back then the wonder strikes he treated Magpies fans to on a weekly basis in 2011/2012 saw him apply the magic wands to balls delivered in front of him and often his feet.
However, the brace that pegged back the Tigers saw him beat defenders in the box with his speed of thought, suggesting he can expect to glean more such strikes going forward.
Netting these supposedly cheaper goals on a regular basis can then bolster the confidence that deserted him in the Europa League millstone campaign of 2012/13.
With that in place, the Hollywood fare the son of Dakar served up in his maiden season in Newcastle could once again be just around the corner.