Newcastle won, 3-1 over Boro in the north east Derby as Obafemi Martins put them over the top after substituting Owen in the 71st minute. Shearer and his men can breathe a little easier now. They top Hull City on goal differential.
"This is a magnificent feeling, it really is. I thought my players were brilliant because I asked them to show courage, determination and ability - and they did all of that," Shearer insisted.