Andy Carroll's long wait ends.
Carroll started his first Premier League game for Newcastle in eight years and 342 days,
The second longest run between starts for the club in the competition after Pavel Srnicek (nine years, 62 days), and the seventh longest gap between starts by any player at a single club in the competition's history.
Newcastle have won three of their last five Premier League games (D1 L1), as many as they had in their previous 13 combined before this (W3 D4 L6).
Saint-Maximin's goal (14:58) was the earliest Sheffield United have conceded in a league game at Bramall Lane since March 2017, when Ricky Holmes scored in the third minute for Charlton.
Newcastle scored with their first two shots on target of this game, with Shelvey's 70th minute goal their first attempt of any kind since Saint-Maximin opened the scoring in the 15th minute.
Saint-Maximin scored his first Premier League goal in his 11th appearance in the competition and with what was his 17th shot across those 11 games - he had failed to score with his last 46 shots for Nice and Newcastle in Ligue 1 and the Premier League respectively before this game.
Shelvey has scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the very first time in his career, and in back-to-back league games overall for the first time since November 2011 for Blackpool.
Newcastle host Southampton on Sunday (14:00).