Bruce is thrilled to see Carroll roll back years
Newcastle 2 Southampton 1
Steve Bruce hailed striker Andy Carroll after sending him off the bench to inspire Newcastle to a comeback victory.
The Magpies looked to be slipping tamely to defeat at St James' Park when the 30-year-old, who returned to his first club on a pay-as-you-play contract in August, replaced the misfiring Joelinton and changed the complexion of the game.
It was from his cross that Jonjo Shelvey headed the equaliser with 22 minutes remaining before Federico Fernandez snatched victory late on after Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could only parry substitute Sean Longstaff's piledriver.
Head coach Bruce said: "It was like Andy Carroll of 10 years ago. What a ball for the goal - Jonjo hasn't had to break his stride. I'm delighted for him. If he stays well, he can be a big asset to us.
"Today, he was sitting behind me stripped, I think, from the 15th minute. Thankfully he's OK and came on and won us the match."
Having seen keeper Martin Dubravka make two fine saves from Nathan Redmond, Newcastle fell behind seven minutes after the restart when Danny Ings scored, only for his strike eventually to be cancelled out and then overhauled.
The win, which was watched by a crowd of just 42,303 - the lowest for a Premier League game at St James' in nine years.
Opposite number Ralph Hasenhuttl could not believe his team was heading home with nothing to show for its efforts.
He said: "I saw only my team playing football today, to be honest, but they got three points - that's football sometimes. We had the chances, they scored the goals."