With Manchester City miles clear at the top of the table and easily dismissing Bournemouth with a 4-0 home victory, the day's Premier League results seemed to have greater importance on the relegation picture.
Palace pegged back by Swans
Perhaps the biggest fixture of the day saw Roy Hodgson's resurgent Crystal Palace go to Swansea for a game with major relegation ramifications.
And there was a similar look to the fixture at the Bet365 Stadium which pitted Stoke against West Brom, the hosts beginning the day in 17th, the visitors in 19th.
But while Swansea were able to hold Palace to a 1-1 draw - a late goal denying backers of the away side at 1.232/9 in-play on the Betfair Exchange - the Baggies couldn't squeeze a point out of their fixture, going down 3-1, as Mark Hughes' side picked up a welcome win.
Toon snap losing streak
Newcastle began the day winless in nine matches and third from bottom of the table and faced with a trip to London where they were outsiders to defeat David Moyes' in-form West Ham.
And with the hosts ahead after five minutes punters were quick to write off Rafa Benitez's side, Newcastle backed at 14.013/1 on the Betfair Exchange.
But the visitors were back on level terms within five minutes and a quickfire second-half double from Christian Atsu took Toon to a commanding lead. Andre Ayew scored a second for the home side but the Hammers were unable to score a third.
Newcastle jump up to 15th while West Ham fall to 17th.
The latest relegation odds have Swansea at 1.241/4 to go down with 2.0421/20 West Brom the next shortest price in the betting. Bournemouth dropped into the bottom three after the City defeat and can be backed at 3.55/2 to go down. Newcastle are 4.216/5 and West Ham 5.49/2. Stoke are 4.94/1 to play Championship football in 2018-19.
Elsewhere there was a handy win for Brighton, who dismissed Watford 1-0, and a decent point for Huddersfield who came back from a goal behind to deny Southampton at St Mary's.
In the day's early KO, Everton held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw.