“What an amazing environment in the second half, what a comeback. To be involved on a day like this is amazing.
“Overall, we were quite frustrated. We could have gone 1-1 each [when Pickford saved Matt Ritchie’s penalty] instead of 2-0 down.
“The manager said we had to believe, to stay positive, and as soon as we scored the first one, the belief grew even more.
“To be part of a comeback like this, to get an assist and then score twice, it is one of my best performances for Newcastle. The goals meant a lot, the win meant a lot.”
The three points kept Newcastle six points clear of the bottom three, and they are only three points worse off than Everton, a club who have comprehensively outspent them over the past two years.
Silva is a manager in trouble. His side were great for an hour and then capitulated as soon as things got tough, with Pickford exposed by a crumbling defence and his own pomposity.
The England international, who should have been sent off for bringing down Rondon inside the area, revelled in being a former Sunderland player able to wind up the old enemy, but left the pitch at the end humiliated and chastised.