It was the ideal way for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, recovered from a post-operation infection, to celebrate his return to the dugout after he missed Lascelles scoring the victor at Swansea last weekend.
Asked how he felt when he looked at the table, he replied: "I haven't seen the table and I don't want to see the table, believe me".
"We're doing okay after a tough period of fixtures".
Benitez said: "The main thing is that, the togetherness, the work-rate, the character, the whole team, the connection with the fans because the fans appreciate that".
"Ultimately it is three wins and we are really pleased, but today it could have been three, four, five goals".
Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle are again on the bench, while former Stoke striker Joselu continues up front.
"It's about us learning and understanding when we play a team who will sit back. We had enough chances to manage the game better".
"The lad [Lascelles ] scored against Swansea the other week as well, so we'd talked about his threat".
"Maybe we can lose games, but we have to believe we can win".
"But in the end, it wasn't to be".