Saturday night's come-from-behind win over the Melbourne Storm at Hunter Stadium was as enjoyable as it gets according to veteran coach Wayne Bennett.
"At 12-0 after about 10 minutes I didn't know where it was going to go," Bennett said.
"But they sorted a few things out on the field amoungst themselves and got themselves back in the contest.
"It was a tremendous game of football."
The Knights didn't lead at any stage in the game and with three minutes to go, were 10-points behind.
With 90 seconds to play, hooker Travis Waddell stripped the ball one-on-one from the Storms' Billy Slater to put the Knights within four points.
As the full time siren sounded, Akuila Uate levelled the scores when he sailed over in the corner.
He handed the ball to his captain, who nailed the sideline conversion to secure Newcastle the win.
"I was disapointed that I was in that position because I missed a couple in the game," captain Kurt Gidley said.
"As a goal kicker, it's always a moment that you dream of, to kick a winning one on the siren.
"It's one that I'll never forget.
"The embracing at the end is the best part of it, especially after a tough year.
"It was a pretty emotional moment at the end.
"There were plenty of points scored at the end but we never game up, our desire and belief at two minutes was still there."
Despite trailing Melbourne from early in the match, the Knights refused to give up.
"If you don't believe, you have no chance," Gidley added.
"We didn't give up, we showed plenty of desire and plenty of character to come back against a top team and it was great to do it at home in front of our home fans.
"They've been through the highs and lows with us and have stuck with us, so I think everyone walks away pretty happy tonight and proud of their team."
Gidley praised the game changing play by Waddell, explaining the one-on-one strip as "remarkable".