Head Coach Martin described Michael as the 'leader' in a high-tempo midfield performance that saw him, Michael Brown and Simon Davies snapping away from the first whistle.
It was that pressure that helped us get a territorial advantage and played a huge part in the winning goal as Jermain Defoe chased down Celestine Babayaro's back pass to Steve Harper, the keeper's poor clearance rebounded off Simon and back for Jermain to tap home.
The win lifted us into seventh place in the Barclays Premiership.
"I was very pleased with the first 25, 30 minutes," said Martin. "Newcastle are fighting on several stages with European football and the FA Cup and it was very important that we put them under pressure.
"We lost our way for about 10 minutes but then picked it up in the second half with Michael Carrick pulling the strings.
"I think we did well in midfield, keeping the ball and playing over the flanks.
"We pressurised them well, Carrick stuck his foot in, Simon did it, Browny did it and it was about us forcing them into mistakes.
"The last 20, 25 minutes was a different matter but we still managed to miss two sitters and another two half-chances.
"Overall it was pleasing although the last 20 minutes weren't as good because we got excited and it wasn't necessary.
"They have quality players who can win any game and that's I'm so pleased, because we had to win this game."
Martin Jol praised Michael Carrick and the performance of the midfield after Sunday's 1-0 win against Newcastle United.