Leandro Trossard settled Sunday’s south-coast showdown by firing Brighton to a crucial 2-1 win at Southampton with a second-half winner.
The Seagulls were looking over their shoulders after three straight defeats. And no wins in five meant they kicked off level on points with resurgent Fulham in 18th.
But victory at St Mary’s, their fifth away from home this season, gives Graham Potter’s side some breathing space. The three points saw them climb above Newcastle.
Lewis Dunk headed them ahead and Trossard conjured up a classy winner after the break. Che Adams equalised for Saints with his third goal in three matches but it was not enough.
Adams could have put the hosts ahead with barely a minute on the clock. But he was unable to get any power on his header from Ryan Bertrand’s cross.
The former Birmingham striker then linked well with Kyle Walker-Peters. He squared the ball to Stuart Armstrong, who shot straight at Robert Sanchez from 15 yards.