Ryan Taylor spared Newcastle's blushes with a fine free-kick to give them a slight advantage after they drew 1-1 in their Europa League play-off clash with Atromitos.
A year and three days after he fired the Magpies to derby victory at Sunderland, he produced a set-piece of similar quality in first-half injury time to cancel out Denis Epstein's 24th-minute opener and ensure that his side returned to Tyneside knowing a victory of any description, or even a 0-0 draw, will send them through to the group stage.
That may have been less than manager Alan Pardew's ambitions before kick-off, but having made nine changes to the side which beat Tottenham 2-1 at the weekend, he saw his side put in a distinctly ordinary opening 45 minutes after which a draw was not the worst result.
Pardew, whose side face a tough trip to Chelsea on Saturday, handed striker Adam Campbell a late cameo and, in the process, made him the club's youngest European debutant at 17 years and 236 days - 64 days younger than Andy Carroll was when he played in Palermo.
The temperature as Pardew and his players arrived at the Peristeri Stadium an hour before kick-off was still around 38 degrees, and had not dropped significantly by the time the game got under way.
Njazi Kuqi and Matias Iglesias for Atromitos and Papiss Cisse and Dan Gosling for the visitors all shot tamely wide as keepers Steve Harper - making his first senior competitive appearance for the Magpies since April last year - and Charles Itandje did little more than spectate.
However, having survived a third-minute scare when he managed to recover to dispossess Epstein after he had collected Sokratis Fytanidis' ball over the top, Harper was relieved to see the German side-foot weakly from a tight angle after being played in once again.
But it was a case of third time lucky for the Greeks when Nikola Beljic drifted a 24th-minute ball into the space behind the defender and Epstein finished calmly as the 37-year-old keeper came to meet him.
Iglesias was fortunate to escape further punishment when he hauled Gosling back by the throat after losing his man, and Israeli referee Alon Yefet awarded a free-kick 25 yards out. Taylor once again reprised his speciality to curl a dipping shot low to the keeper's right to level and spare he and his team-mates a half-time dressing down.
Cisse passed up a glorious opportunity to fire his side in front with 67 minutes played when he controlled Gabriel Obertan's deep cross and attempted to round Itandje, but the keeper managed to get in a hand to deny the Senegal international.
- Denis Epstein
- Alan Pardew