On a night where Newcastle United made their Amazon Prime Video debut, the Magpies fans could not have dreamt up the script.
Newcastle winning 2-0 after surviving on onslaught from high-flying Sheffield United, with Martin Dubravka in inspired form. Allan Saint-Maximin scoring his first goal for the club with his head. Jonjo Shelvey doubling Newcastle's advantage with the help of VAR. And Andy Carroll making his first start for the black-and-whites since December, 2010.
Saint-Maximin made his name at Nice for his lightning pace, dribbles and array of finishes but the 5ft 8in opened his account for the Magpies with a fine header after rising above Chris Basham to head the visitors in front. It was the kind of leap and header that would have made Les Ferdinand, who was watching on as a pundit, proud.
The first-half goal came against the run of play and while it gave Newcastle something to hold onto, in the hope of then trying to catch the Blades on the counter-attack, the Magpies had to withstand a siege on Dubravka's goal.
Luckily for Newcastle, Dubravka was in the mood and made save after save after save to keep Sheffield United at bay as Wilder's side kept on coming.
It was only when Shelvey doubled Newcastle's advantage with 20 minutes to go, after playing on when the linesman flagged him offside, that the home fans stopped singing.
That is something that just does not seem to happen at Bramall Lane - even when Liverpool went 1-0 in front with 20 minutes to go the last time Sheffield United lost at home. The away end, in contrast on Thursday night, was bouncing and the tone for an unpredictable evening was set an hour before kick-off.
"Have you see this? Andy Carroll's starting!" It was a bombshell that stunned fans and journalists alike at 6.30pm as Steve Bruce handed the 30-year-old his first Newcastle United start for nearly nine years.
No one saw it coming. Carroll only shook off a rib injury a few days previously and while he has trained well since then, the towering striker had just 124 minutes under his belt going into Thursday's game against Sheffield United.
Bruce, though, knew this was going to be a physical clash. That Jack O'Connell, John Egan and Hebburn native Chris Basham would look to rough up whoever played up front for the visitors and that is the kind of challenge Carroll, on his day, relishes.
Tellingly, the only player to drop out from the side that drew 2-2 against Man City was Joelinton, the club's record signing, who Bruce had started in the previous 14 league games.
Bruce has been urging the Brazilian, who likes to come deep to link play, to get into the box more and Carroll made his name as a focal point all those years ago.
Those hardy 3,000 away supporters were quick to serenade Carroll - 'He's one of our own' - and the public announcer at Bramall Lane gave them a warm welcome, too, telling the Geordies they were a credit to the club.
The stadium was rocking - a pre-match lights show packed with pitchside flames and The Greasy Chip Butty anthem got home fans on their feet before kick-off - and Sheffield United made a strong start.
Just five minutes in, Martin Dubravka tipped over Enda Stevens' effort, which took a wicked deflection off Javier Manquillo, and there was little let up for the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Oli McBurnie looked set to meet Ollie Norwood's cross with a diving header on 10 minutes but Dubravka was there to make a crucial stop.
The Blades' tails were up and Bruce rightly warned his side if they were nowhere near their best, then they would come unstuck against Chris Wilder's Duracell Bunnies.
But, against the run of play, the Magpies broke the deadlock after Javier Manquillo's fine cross was met by Saint-Maximin, who rose above the towering Chris Basham.
The packed away end could not quite believe it, bouncing as Saint-Maximin's team-mates rushed to congratulate him by the corner flag after he opened his account for the Magpies.
The goal did little to dampen the home side's spirits and, if anything, it only made Sheffield United more determined to find a way past Dubravka.
Just four minutes after Newcastle took the lead, McBurnie powered a header towards the bottom corner but Dubravka somehow kept it out.
Then, after the half hour mark, Dubravka was forced into action again when John Fleck's cross was met by Egan, but the Slovakia international held onto the ball.
The pressure was relentless - it was hardly a surprise that the Blades had 77% possession at one point - as Newcastle struggled to get out of their own half.
Just before the break, Dubravka was again called upon to keep Norwood's 20-yard free-kick out and the visitors looked relieved when referee Stuart Atwell blew his whistle for half-time.
There was little let up for Dubravka when the teams came out for the second half, though. On 53 minutes, the shot stopper tipped a McBurnie header over the bar.
Was it any wonder Dubravka, bruised from diving around, took his time with goal kicks to try and ease the pressure? There were even boos when he received treatment after a collision with Billy Sharp.
It was one of those nights. Even when Sheffield United had an effort ruled out for offside, Dubravka was making the save, denying Sharp just after the hour mark after the striker connected with John Lundstram's cross.
Just a few minutes later, Newcastle doubled their advantage in remarkable circumstances. A long ball from Paul Dummett was flicked on by Carroll, who was flagged offside by the linesman, into Shelvey's path,
But Shelvey played to the whistle and kept going before slotting the ball past Dean Henderson. Much to the shock of those 30,409 supporters inside Bramall Lane, VAR awarded the goal and Shelvey and his team-mates raced towards the away end to celebrate.
"Geordie boys, take the p***!" the Newcastle fans chanted. For one of the few times this season, the Sheffield United fans were stunned silent.