Matt Ritchie struck with almost the last kick of the game to earn Newcastle a share of the spoils against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Only Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United had collected more points than Newcastle from their last nine games before the Magpies’ trip to the south coast.
The visitors were without two of their most consistent performers during that spell, with Jamaal Lascelles sidelined through injury and Fabian Schar suspended after picking up his 10th yellow card of the campaign against Everton last weekend.
Their replacements – Paul Dummett and Federico Fernandez – coped admirably with the threat of Bournemouth’s attack in the first 45 minutes, restricting the hosts to just two attempts before the interval.
It was Fernandez, however, who gifted Bournemouth a route back into the game when he fouled Nathan Ake inside the penalty area following a Cherries corner, giving Mike Dean little option but to point to the spot.
Had it not been for Dummett’s goal-line clearance from Wilson’s header, though, Benitez’s side might have left the Vitality Stadium empty-handed.
The 25-year-old’s header appeared to be sailing over Dubravka and into the back of the net but the Newcastle skipper’s acrobatic clearance rescued the Magpies.
In the end it was former Bournemouth midfielder Ritchie who made the decisive contribution, volleying home his first league goal from open play this season to edge his side closer to Premier League safety.